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Penalty costs Sauter Truck points lead

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Penalty costs Sauter the lead in the Truck standings.
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Johnny Sauter is no longer the points leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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Sauter’s No. 13 truck failed inspection after Sunday morning’s race at Pocono Raceway, and on Tuesday NASCAR penalized Sauter six championship points. Sauter was leading Austin Dillon by five points before the penalty was assessed.

Sauter’s truck did not meet the maximum right-rear bed panel height in postrace inspection. Sauter finished fourth, one spot ahead of Dillon.

Sauter’s crew chief, Joel Shear, was fined $5,000, and owner Mike Curb was penalized six owner points.

Two other penalties were assessed Tuesday.

NASCAR determined the cars of Nationwide Series drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 6) and Eric McClure (No. 14) used lug nuts that were less than the minimum specified thickness.

Michael Kelley, crew chief for the No. 6, and Gary Cogswell, crew chief for the No. 14, were each fined $2,500 and placed on NASCAR probation until Sept. 21. These violations were discovered during prequalifying inspection Saturday at Iowa Speedway. Stenhouse won the race, his second victory of the season, and McClure finished 26th.

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