Stewart (L) and Dillon (R). (Getty)Tony Stewart and Austin Dillon now have six points fewer than they did yesterday, and for Dillon, it's the second consecutive week he's lost points.
Both were docked six points in the driver and owner standings for cooling hose infractions during their qualifying runs at Daytona; Stewart in the Sprint Cup Series and Dillon in the Nationwide Series. Stewart would have started second and Dillon would have started first. Because of the violations, each had to start at the back of the pack. Stewart won while Dillon finished fourth.
Stewart's crew chief, Steve Addington was fined $25,000, and car chief Jeff Meendering was placed on probation with Addington until August 22nd. Dillon's crew chief Danny Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska were suspended for two races because they were already on probation for rules infractions at Richmond and Stockman was fined $10,000. Dillon was penalized six points after winning the previous race at Kentucky because the car was too low. The team said it was because a clamp had failed on the right-rear jack bolt.
In addition to the Dillon and Stewart violations, the Nationwide Series No. 18 car of Joe Gibbs Racing, driven by Joey Logano at Daytona, was also penalized six points and crew chief Adam Stevens was fined $10,000 and placed on probation. Since Logano declared for the Sprint Cup Series, he was not fined points because he doesn't accumulate points in the Nationwide Series.