Truex Jr. docked 15 points, RCR cars penalized 10 points each

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Furniture Row Racing had an another issue with the roof flaps on the car and Martin Truex Jr. has lost 15 points as a result.

Crew chief Cole Pearn was also suspended for a race and fined $50,000. According to NASCAR, the roof flap issue was discovered in pre-race inspection before Sunday's race.

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Truex didn't make a qualifying run at Daytona before the Daytona 500 because of a problem with the roof flaps on the car. Pearn was put on probation after the Daytona issue, hence the suspension and fine. If the team didn't appeal the penalties, Pearn would miss Sunday's race at Las Vegas. However, it will appeal the rulings and Pearn will remain as the team's crew chief until the appeal is resolved.

Truex wasn't the only driver who lost points at Atlanta. NASCAR said that Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, AJ Allmendinger and Michael McDowell would each lose 10 points for violations regarding the body mounts on the car. Dillon, Newman and Menard drive for Richard Childress Racing while Allmendinger and McDowell's teams have technical alliances with RCR.

All five of the crew chiefs were fined $15,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year.

Here's how the drivers' points totals are affected with the penalties as of now.

2. Martin Truex Jr. 75 points (Now 10th, 60 points)
9. Austin Dillon 63 (12th, 53)
15. Ryan Newman 48 (21st, 38)
17. Paul Menard 46 (23rd, 36
25. AJ Allmendinger 34 (30th, 24)
26. Michael McDowell 34 (31st, 24)

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