Ryan Newman’s car found to be too low in rear, could lead to penalties

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Ryan Newman’s great Sunday has apparently hit a bit of a snag.

Newman picked up a fifth-place finish in today’s Contender Round elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway to make the Eliminator Round of the Chase with a 27-point cushion over the ninth-place cutoff.

But now comes late word from ‘Dega that Newman’s No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet has failed post-race inspection after being found to be too low on both sides according to NASCAR.

The sanctioning body will take the car back to its Research and Development Center in North Carolina, along with those of race winner Brad Keselowski, runner-up Matt Kenseth, and Kasey Kahne.

Obviously, the question is whether Newman will be penalized championship points for the infraction on his car – and if so, how many?

USA Today writer and NASCAR on NBC contributor Nate Ryan leafed through the NASCAR rulebook to perhaps find an answer.

A penalty such as that would not affect Newman’s Chase standing. It also bears noting that Newman was among those involved in today’s crash at Lap 102 of 188, so that could play into how NASCAR decides this matter, too.

Minimum ride height rules were abolished as part of this season’s rules package for the cars. However, that same package is not utilized at Daytona and Talladega, the two restrictor-plate tracks on the Sprint Cup schedule.

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