NASCAR comes down hard on Childress team

Paul Menard pits the #27 Menards/Pittsburgh Paints Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Paul Menard pits the #27 Menards/Pittsburgh Paints Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASCAR brought down the hammer down on the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing owned Chevy team after they found infractions in a post-race inspection after last week’s Michigan race.

According to NASCAR, the team had altered the frame rails on the car in order to deceive NASCAR inspectors and their inspection gauges.

As a result, crew chief Slugger Labbe was fined $100,000, suspended from NASCAR until October 3 and placed on probation until December 31. Car chief Craig Smokstad was suspended from NASCAR until October 3 and placed on probation until December 31, while crew member Grant Hutchens was suspended from NASCAR until October 3 and placed on probation until December 31. Driver Paul Menard and owner Richard Childress were penalized with the loss of 25 championship driver and owner points, respectively. MORE>>>

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