CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Two people familiar with the inspection process say NASCAR is taking a closer look at Clint Bowyer's race-winning car from New Hampshire.
The No. 33 Chevy passed its initial inspection following Sunday's victory, but the people familiar with the situation say NASCAR discovered issues with the car in a more thorough inspection at its research and development center. They requested anonymity because the car is still being inspected.
On Tuesday, NASCAR told RCR officials that Bowyer's Chase-clinching car from Richmond came very close to failing inspection.
Though NASCAR does not typically strip wins from drivers, a car that fails inspection would lead to a significant points penalty.
Bowyer's wins pushed him to second from 12th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, 35 points behind leader Denny Hamlin.