NASCAR docks Dillon 10 points for infraction

NASCAR deducted 10 points from Austin Dillon’s point total in the driver standings and 10 points from Richard Childress Racing in the owner standings for infractions found on the No. 3 car before last weekend’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

In addition, NASCAR issued a $25,000 fine to crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. and suspended car chief Gregory Ebert for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this Sunday at Dover International Speedway. Ebert can appeal the suspension.

Officials found during an inspection on Friday that a rear deck lid on the Chevrolet did not comply with rules because body filler had been added and the part was not as supplied by the manufacturer.

Dillon finished 14th at Talladega.

The penalty drops Dillon one spot, from 13th place to 14th place, in the standings. The top 16 drivers qualify for the playoffs.

NASCAR also announced Tuesday that driver Ryan Blaney’s crew chief, Jeremy Bullins, was fined $10,000 because Blaney’s car was found to have a lug nut that wasn’t safely secured after the race.