NASCAR found that the No 1, driven by Martin Truex Jr., was “in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-3.8A (roof of the car does not conform to the specifications) of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rule book.”
Truex has been docked 150 championship driver points, while Teresa Earnhardt has been penalized 150 championship owner points. The penatly dropped Truex from 14th in the standings, 88 points out of 12th, to 18th in the standings, 238 points out of 12th.
Crew chief Kevin Manion and car chief Gary Putnam have both been suspended for six races and will be on probation for the rest of the year. Manion was also fined $100,000.
The No. 1 Chevy was found to be 1/16th of an inch too narrow during inspection. The team was allowed to correct the problem and go through inspection again. But, again, it failed.