NASCAR officials confiscated the rear deck lid of the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet for driver Austin Dillon on Friday, taking the offending part into the Monster Energy Series hauler in the Talladega Superspeedway garage. Officials found the No. 3’s rear deck to be out of compliance with the NASCAR Rule Book. They took the piece of sheet metal – black with sanded edges – to the officials’ hauler for further review. A NASCAR spokesperson indicated that any potential penalties for either crew chief Danny Stockman or the team would come after this Sunday’s GEICO 500.(NASCAR.com)(4-27-2019)
UPDATE: #3-Austin Dillon’s team was penalized following the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway for violation of: Sections 20.4 Body; 20.4.11 Deck Lid; 20.20 Assembled Vehicles Overall Rules Note: Deck lid must be used as supplied from the manufacturer. Body Filler added to deck lid.
Crew chief (Danny Stockman Jr.) has been fined $25,000. Car chief (Gregory Ebert) has been suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship points
event. Team has been assessed with the loss of 10 owner points and 10 driver points.
In addition, #12-Blaney’s team recieved a lugnut penalty. Crew Chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $10,000.
UPDATE 2: Richard Childress Racing will not appeal the penalty.(4-30-2019)