Tuesday, NASCAR penalized Three-time champion Tony Stewart. Stewart, was docked six points, and crew chief Steve Addington fined $25,000 because of a cooling hose found inside Stewart’s car after his qualifying lap.
Addington and car chief Jeff Meendering were both placed on probation through August. 22. Car owner Margaret Haas was docked six championship owner points.
The US Army will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season, Army has been in NASCAR for 10 seasons. US Army has been the sponsor of Ryan Newman’s car since the 2009 season.
There decision to leave NASCAR comes as earlier this year, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment that would prohibit the military from sponsorship of sports events.
Stewart-Haas Racing currently fields two full-time teams. Stewart who wants to bring Newman back next year may have a difficult decision with Newman in the final year of his contract and loss of sponsorship may slow contract talks.
Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon’s team was penalized for a second week in a row. Dillon’s car like Stewart’s was found to have a cooling hose inside of it during his qualifying run and his time was also tossed out. Dillon was also docked six points for the second consecutive week. Dillon has taken a big hit in the point standings, going from leading the series to now trailing Elliott Sadler.
NASCAR also punished Joe Gibbs Racing for failing a post-race inspection after Friday night’s Nationwide race at Daytona when the car driven by Joey Logano was found to be too low.