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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



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Vettel loses huge ground in title race after Singapore blip

SINGAPORE (AP) — In the space of three races, Sebastian Vettel has dropped twice as far behind Lewis Hamilton as he was ahead of him.

After winning the Hungarian Grand Prix in late July, Vettel led by 14 points, with both drivers on four wins heading into the summer break.