Newman’s title chances take hit following NASCAR penalty

Ryan Newman
FILE - In this Friday, July 24, 2015 file photo, Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman (31) waits as his crew works on his car during practice for the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Ryan Newman held a Q & A with hundreds of middle school students in Delaware who peppered the only Sprint Cup driver with a college degree with questions about education and racing, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR has docked Ryan Newman 15 points because his car failed post-race inspection at Darlington Raceway. The penalty is a severe hit to Newman’s championship chances.

Newman was seven points out of the final qualifying spot for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The penalty drops him 22 points behind Jamie McMurray in the battle for the last spot as NASCAR heads into Saturday night’s regular-season finale.

In addition to the points deduction, crew chief Luke Lambert was fined $25,000.

NASCAR on Wednesday also docked 15 points from Kyle Larson, but he’s already qualified for the chase. Chad Johnston, his crew chief, was fined $22,500 because the car failed post-race inspection.

AP

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