Paul Menard and company docked points for infractions at Michigan
The penalties come after Menard's car was randomly selected to be inspected after the Michigan race, where Menard finished 9th. Nascar took the car back to their development and research center and found that the frame rails had been intentionally modified in an "effort to deceive the inspectors".
The loss of points to Menard really puts a dagger in his attempts to qualify for the chase for the championship. Prior to the infractions, Menard needed to win one of the last three races and gain 15 points on 12th place driver Ryan Newman. Now, Menard will more then likely have to win two of the last three races, a feat not out of the question but one that will be harder given the new crew changes that will have to be made.
This isn't the first time Slugger Labbe has been suspended. In 2006, he was suspended four weeks due to an illegally mounted sway bar on Dale Jarrett's Robert Yates car.
The Sprint Cup Series returns to action this weekend under the lights at Bristol.