NASCAR has announced that it will not penalize Ryan Newman and his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team after Newman’s car was found to be too low in the rear on both sides during Sunday’s post-race inspection at Talladega.
The car was taken back to NASCAR’s research and development center in North Carolina for further review, but the sanctioning body says that damage sustained to the car during the GEICO 500 caused it to be too low.
Some observers had pondered over Newman possibly being penalized championship points for the infraction and having his Chase status impacted as a result.
A crash at Lap 102 may have been where the damage to his No. 31 Chevrolet came from. Newman was riding at the back of the field, when contact between J.J. Yeley and Aric Almirola set off the pile-up that ultimately knocked Kyle Busch out of the Chase.
Newman had to go to pit road following the melee for a check-over and new tires. He recovered for a fifth-place finish in the race to advance to the Eliminator Round of the Chase by 27 points.
Like the rest of the Eliminator 8, Newman’s points have now been reset to 4,000; he has earned the third seed to start.