NASCAR hits Truck series points leader with harsh penalty

jutter@charlotteobserver.comApril 24, 2013 

NASCAR on Wednesday hit Truck Series points leader Johnny Sauter with one of the series' harshest penalties after it found an altered fuel cell on his No. 98 Toyota last week at Kansas Speedway.

Joe Shear, crew chief for Sauter's team, has been suspended for the next four races and fined $10,000. In addition, Sauter - who won the series' first two races of the season - was stripped of 25 points.

Sauter, who was the points leader following last Saturday's race at Kansas, is now tied for second with Jeb Burton. Both drivers are 13 points behind new leader, Matt Crafton. Crafton is Sauter's teammate at ThorSport Racing. The No. 98 team was also docked 25 owner points.

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