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Chase Elliott's NASCAR title chances take hit with penalty

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott suffered a setback to his championship hopes when NASCAR penalized his Hendrick Motorsports team Tuesday for a modification to his Chevrolet in the opening round of the playoffs.

The aerodynamic modification was found in post-race inspection following Elliott's second-place finish on Sunday at Chicagoland. The finish is now considered "encumbered" by NASCAR and Elliott does not keep a playoff point he earned with a stage victory at Chicagoland.

Crew chief Alan Gustafson was fined $25,000 and suspended one race, and car chief Joshua Kirk also was suspended one race. The team was docked 15 driver points and 15 owner points.

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Sep. 20
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Martin Truex Jr.21021
2Kyle Larson20752
3Kevin Harvick20673
4Brad Keselowski20614
5Kyle Busch20615
6Denny Hamlin20586
7Jimmie Johnson20467
8Chase Elliott20448
9Matt Kenseth20399
10Ryan Blaney203410
11Jamie McMurray203111
12Austin Dillon202612