Truex fined, dropped to 18th for bringing illegal car to Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Martin Truex Jr. dropped four spots to 18th in the Sprint Cup points after his team was hit with a 150-point penalty by NASCAR on Tuesday for violations discovered during inspection last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
He added that he does not believe it will be a setback in negotiations to sign Truex to a long-term deal. DEI has picked up the option on Truex for next season, but Truex has yet to acknowledge that option is binding as other teams have approached him."Martin is very disappointed," Story said on Saturday. "Like me, he knows it wasn't intentional. I don't think it will affect anything moving forward." Story said the car tightly fit the team's construction templates, which apparently are not an exact match with the templates at the track. "In fairness to NASCAR, they told us, 'Here's the box. Play within the box,'" Story said. "Unfortunately, unknowingly, we got outside that box and they didn't like it. Story said in a statement released Tuesday that the team will use its 10-day window to decide if it will appeal the penalty. "We are still trying to understand how the car fit our templates multiple times at the shop, but we respect NASCAR's determination that one of our cars did not exactly conform to their template at the track," Story said. Confounding the situation more, Truex's car was the only new one of the eight DEI brought to Daytona Beach. The other three qualified in the top 10, including the front row of Paul Menard and Mark Martin. "The crazy thing is, as good as our cars are running here, how much better could it be?" Story said of the confiscated car."It wasn't as though we needed a bigger advantage. We knew we had fast race cars." David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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