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NASCAR has penalized two championship contending teams for problems found during qualifying at Daytona.
Three-time champion Tony Stewart was docked six points, and crew chief Steve Addington was fined $25,000 because of a cooling hose found inside Stewart's car during qualifying. He forfeited his second-place qualifying spot, but still won Saturday night's race.
In the Nationwide Series, Austin Dillon was docked six points for the same violation as Stewart. Crew chief Danny Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska have both been suspended until July 25. The team was also penalized last week.
NASCAR also fined crew chief Adam Stevens $10,000 and docked Joe Gibbs six points because Joey Logano's car failed Friday night's Nationwide Series post-race inspection.
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Winning cars have had a tough time making it through NASCAR inspections lately.
Tony Stewart's winning No. 14 Chevrolet failed inspection at Daytona, as did the No. 3 Nationwide Series car of Austin Dillon (for the second week in a row; the No. 3 was also penalized following its Kentucky win) and the No. 18 Nationwide Series car of Joe Gibbs Racing.
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Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Chevrolet, races Brad Sweet, driver of the #38 Great Clips Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (July 5, 2012 - Source: Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)
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