NASCAR & Auto Racing

Sorenson penalized 25 points; crew chief fined

NASCAR on Tuesday docked Reed Sorenson 25 driver points and fined crew chief Jimmy Elledge $25,000 and placed him on probation until Dec. 31 for rules violations found after Sunday’s UAW Ford 500 at Talladega.

Sorenson finished 10th in the No. 41 Dodge, but the car was picked at random for postrace inspection and was found to be too low to meet NASCAR’s minimum height requirement.

Team owner Chip Ganassi also lost 25 owner points for the infraction.

Despite the penalty, Sorenson remains 23rd in the Nextel Cup standings after 30 races.