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RCR No. 3 Penalized After Martinsville Assembly Infraction

NASCAR has penalized Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 NASCAR Cup Series team of Austin Dillon following Martinsville Speedway, it announced April 19.

The penalty is an L1-level infraction for violating vehicle assembly rules relating to the underwing assembly and hardware.

As a result, crew chief Keith Rodden has been fined $75,000 and suspended for two races.

The team and driver were also deducted 60 owner and driver points, as well as five playoff points.

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Dillon was 21st in points prior to the penalty with two top 10s on the season.

Additionally, NASCAR has suspended Live Fast Motorsports’ rear tire changer Chris Jackson and jackman David Smith because of a wheel that came off of the No. 78, driven by Anthony Alfredo, at Martinsville.

Three NASCAR Xfinity Series crew chiefs were fined following the weekend: Mike Bumgarner, Jeff Meendering and Mike Scearce were each fined $5,000 for lug nut infractions.

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Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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How many wheels came off cars when there were five lug nuts on 15″ wheels? How many since the new purty single nut wheels?

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