NASCAR finds infraction in Edwards’ winning car

LAS VEGAS — For now, Carl Edwards’ victory in Sunday’s UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway remains intact.

But during postrace inspection, NASCAR officials discovered the lid, or cover, was missing from the oil reservoir encasement, an infraction that falls under the general classification of unauthorized aerodynamic modifications — the intent being to allow air to pass from the inside to the outside of the car.

Edwards’ No. 99 Ford will be taken to NASCAR’s research and development center in Concord, N.C., for further examination. If penalties are warranted, they will be announced later, but as of now the victory stands, according to NASCAR spokesperson Ramsey Poston.

Five Nationwide Series teams were penalized for having improperly secured oil tank lids two weeks ago at Daytona. Drivers Kertus Davis, Johnny Sauter, David Gilliland, David Stremme and Cale Gale each lost 25 championship points for the violations.

The owners of the cars also were penalized 25 points, and the five crew chiefs were hit with $15,000 fines and six-race suspensions.

With two straight wins, Edwards currently leads the Sprint Cup standings by 21 points over Kyle Busch.

The oil tank reservoir is mounted in the rear firewall behind the driver’s seat. NASCAR’s rules require the encasement cover to be made of 22-gauge magnetic steel. Quick-release fasteners may not be used to secure the lid.

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