NTS Motorsports penalized for infraction on Austin Dillon truck

Austin Dillon drove the No. 20 Chevy to a third-place finish in the Chicagoland truck race.

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Austin Dillon’s third-place finish in last Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway now carries an asterisk.

NASCAR announced Wendesday afternoon that Dillon’s No. 20 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet failed to meet post-race body height/ground clearance requirements of the 2014 NASCAR rule book during post-race inspection.

The infraction represents a P2 level penalty on NASCAR’s six-tier penalty deterrence system.

Dillon, a Sprint Cup rookie making select truck starts this season, trailed only race winner Kyle Busch and reigning truck champion Matt Crafton at the checkered flag of a race that was originally scheduled for Friday night but was delayed a day by rain.

Since No. 20 crew chief Chris Rice was already under probation through the end of the year from a P3 level penalty that occurred during the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Bristol on March 15, NASCAR used the applicable Recurrence Multiplier — as outlined in the rule book — when assessing the severity of the penalty. As a result, Rice has been fined $7,500 and suspended from NASCAR through Sept. 24. His NASCAR probation remains intact through Dec. 31.

Bob Newberry, owner of the No. 20 truck, has been penalized with the loss of 10 truck owner points.