NASCAR & Auto Racing

Ryan Newman, Roger Penske lose points for Texas violation

Ryan Newman lost 25 driver points, Roger Penske was penalized 25 owner points and crew chief Roy McCauley, crew chief for Newman's No. 12 Dodge, was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 Tuesday for a rules violation at Texas.

Newman finished fourth in Sunday’s Samsung 500, but during post-race inspection his No. 12 Dodge was found to be one-eighth of an inch too high on the right-rear quarter panel.

Mike Nelson, vice president of operations for the Penske Racing South team, said the team accepts the penalty.

“It is always our intention to follow NASCAR's rules, and we regret this mistake,” said Nelson.

“We look forward to getting back to the track this week and are focused on having a strong run ... at Phoenix.”

The penalty drops Newman from eighth to 10th in the Sprint Cup standings.

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