Bowyer penalized 150 points


CHARLOTTE -- Clint Bowyer's race-winning car at New Hampshire failed a NASCAR inspection on Wednesday, earning the driver a 150-point penalty that could wipe out his championship chances.

NASCAR also fined crew chief Shane Wilson $150,000, and suspended him for the next six Sprint Cup races. Car chief Chad Haney was also suspended six races, and team owner Richard Childress was docked 50 owner points.

Bowyer won Sunday's opening race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship to vault from 12th to second in the standings. The penalty drops him 185 points behind leader Denny Hamlin with nine races left.