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NASCAR NOTES: Tough day for Richard Childress

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Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Last Wednesday was just one of those days for NASCAR team owner Richard Childress.

After announcing that Gil Martin would replace Shane Wilson as Kevin Harvick's crew chief on the No. 29 team, Childress probably felt that his tough decisions were through for the week. After all, Martin had led Harvick to eight race wins in his previous tenure atop the pit box for the Harvick team.

Little did he know that when he woke up Wednesday morning that his day was going to go so badly. It started with an announcement by NASCAR that his No. 27 team driven by Paul Menard did not pass post-race inspection at Michigan.

"The No. 27 team was found in violation of Sections 12-1 and 12-4K of the NASCAR rule book," said Kerry Tharp from NASCAR. "Actions detrimental to stock car racing; race equipment that has been previously certified or previously approved by NASCAR for use in an event has been altered, modified, repaired or changed in any manner. Intentionally modifying frame rails for the purpose of deceiving NASCAR inspection gauges."

The result for Childress was a $100,000 fine for crew chief Slugger Labbe and suspensions for Labbe, car chief, Craig Smokstad and crew member Grant Hutchens until Oct. 3. Childress and driver Paul Menard were also penalized 25 driver and owner points respectively.

Childress's response to the charges were simple, "We're going to appeal. That's all I am going to say right now."

As if that weren't enough, Childress' misfortune continued into the evening during the Camping World Truck Series event at Bristol. That's where his nephew, Ty Dillon, ran out of gas on the final restart in his Childress Racing entry while running in the top 5 and finished the event in 21st position.

With the on track action taking a break on Thursday, I'm sure that Childress was thankful for the break and the opportunity to sort things out. Let's hope that his luck changes for the better when his Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams take to the track again on Friday.

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