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Dillon loses Nationwide Series points lead with Kentucky infraction

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Standard issue penalty levied against the No. 3 Nationwide Series team for their car failing post-race inspection on Friday night, following their victory at Kentucky Speedway. "The No. 3 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20A-12.8.1C (body height requirements -- car failed to meet the minimum rear car heights) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book. As a result, crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. has been fined $10,000, while owner Morgan Shepherd and driver Austin Dillon have been penalized with the loss of six championship owner and six championship driver points, respectively. In addition, Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska continue to remain on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31." As a result, Elliott Sadler resumes the championship lead by four points over Dillon. Defending champion RIcky Stenhouse Jr. is 21 points back with Sam Hornish Jr. lurking in fourth, 31 points back. Did the penalty fit the crime? Does the failed inspection tarnish Dillon's first Nationwide Series win? Answer these questions and more in the comment section!

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