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But three days after the win, NASCAR ruled his Chevrolet had failed inspection at the R&D Center. He and Childress were each docked 150 points, crew chief Shane Wilson was fined $150,000 and suspended six races. Car chief Chad Haney was also suspended six races.

The points deduction has held during the appeals, but Wilson and Haney have been allowed to work until the due process is finalized.

But Bowyer has had two bad races since the infraction. He admitted after his 25th-place finish at Dover that his team was off, and then had to rally to a 15th-place finish Sunday at home track Kansas Speedway.

He’s declared his title hopes over, and Childress said the New Hampshire penalty has spoiled Bowyer’s season.

“Oh definitely, chance to win the championship and the two finishes we had didn’t help it either,” Childress said.