For the second time this season, Martin Truex Jr. has been penalized by NASCAR because of damage to his car on the track.
Truex was docked six points in the Sprint Cup standings and his crew chief Chad Johnston fined $25,000 Wednesday because his front end was too low during the postrace inspection Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, where Truex had finished second in the race.
Truex’s team, Michael Waltrip racing, issued a statement saying the violation was due to track conditions but that it will not appeal the penalty.
“Michael Waltrip Racing is sensitive to working within the guidelines of NASCAR policy,” the statement said. “This infraction clearly occurred as a result of a malfunction caused by race conditions. Therefore, we will not appeal. We thank NASCAR for providing a fair and equitable platform for all of its competitors and respect its decisions.”
Truex also was penalized during a qualifying race for the season-opening Daytona 500 when one of his car windows fell off.