NASCAR docks Sadler, Nationwide team six points for Iowa infraction

Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, waits in the garage during practice for the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway on May 19, 2012 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

NASCAR penalized the No. 2 team of Nationwide Series title contender Elliott Sadler on Tuesday, docking the Richard Childress Racing team six points in the series standings.

The No. 2 Chevrolet from Richard Childress Racing was too low in post-race inspection after Sadler finished second in Sunday’s Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway. Sadler indicated Monday on SPEED’s “Race Hub” broadcast that the illegal body height was likely due to a parts failure.

It marked the second time in three weeks that Childress’ top Nationwide operation has been penalized. Crew chief Luke Lambert was placed on probation May 1 through the end of the season after the car’s front bumper covers were found with unapproved modifications in a pre-race inspection at Richmond International Raceway.

Lambert was fined $10,000 for the Iowa violations. Sadler was stripped of six points in the Nationwide driver standings and car owner of record DeLana Harvick was docked six points in the series’ owner standings.

Sadler, who ranks second in Nationwide standings, now is 34 points behind defending series champion and current points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who notched his third win of the season Sunday at Iowa.


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