Kyle Busch's team fined, docked points

Updated: June 14, 2011, 12:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NASCAR has penalized the Sprint Cup Series No. 18 team of Kyle Busch as a result of rule infractions discovered during post-race inspection Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

NASCAR officials said the front left was too low on the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Crew chief Dave Rogers said the car was 1/16th of an inch outside the tolerances already allowed by the governing body. The car had passed pre-race inspection.

Crew chief Dave Rogers was fined $25,000 Monday, while owner Joe Gibbs and Busch were penalized with the loss of six championship owner and six championship driver points, respectively.

Busch finished third in the race. Despite the penalty, he remains fifth in the standings, but he now trails leader Carl Edwards by 31 points.

Joe Gibbs Racing said in a statement it would not appeal the penalty.

"We brought the No. 18 car back to our race shop and have identified the problem which caused us to measure low during the post-race inspection process in Pocono," the team said. "We have made NASCAR aware of our findings and we accept the penalty they have issued."

Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch

This is the first penalty for a Sprint Cup Series team since the implementation of the new points system. Under the old points system, failing to meet the required height was typically a 25-point penalty.

On Sunday, Rogers said it was a "huge surprise'' when NASCAR informed him the car failed and would be taken to the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluation.

"It's disappointing," Rogers said. "I can't tell you a whole lot right now. We sit on bump stops in these race cars. Your springs often don't damage. We were struggling all weekend and we went back to what we raced last spring when we finished second.

Information from ESPN.com NASCAR writer David Newton and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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