Robbie Gordon docked 50 points for failed inspection

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR has penalized Robby Gordon 50
points for failing a postrace inspection at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Crew chief Kirk Almquist has been fined $50,000 and placed on
probation until the end of the season.

Gordon's car was inspected after he placed third in Monday's
rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600, his best Sprint Cup finish since
2005. Afterward the rear housing of his Toyota did not meet
NASCAR's specifications.

Knowing rain was coming, Gordon didn't pit with the leaders
under caution and moved into third. The race was stopped five laps
later because of rain.

Had Gordon not finished third, his car would not have been

The loss of points does not knock him outside the important
top-35 mark.