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Old 09-23-10, 06:18 AM
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Tom Bowles: Bowyer penalty has transforming effects as Chase heats up

They sure don't make those Cinderella slippers like they used to. It only took three days for Clint Bowyer's to break, his 12th-seed success quickly shattered by failing post-race inspection through a penalty that sent shards of glass through a Richard Childress Racing team now stabbed in the heart. A shocking revelation, Bowyer's No. 33 Chevy failed to meet their body templates actually didn't come at the track; it took a second, teardown inspection at the R&D Center to find the problem. But the last-minute NASCAR discovery pulled a nasty punch, one violation of Rule 20.3 carrying with it the sting of 150 driver points, 150 owner points, and two six-week suspensions (crew chief Shawn Wilson and car chief Chad Haney, respectively) that effectively kill off Bowyer's upset title bid before it begins. For the kicker, NASCAR pulled out a $150,000 fine for Wilson, the largest one we've seen since Carl Long's $200,000 whopper for an oversized engine last May. This type of gargantuan penalty just three days into the Chase has some far-reaching effects. Let's take a detailed look at what happened, who it affects, and how the playoffs are transformed from here on out ...

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