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Edwards is docked 25 points in Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carl Edwards was docked 25 points yesterday because his race-winning car failed inspection at Dover International Raceway.

The penalty drops Edwards from third in the Chase for the Nextel Cup standings to sixth. He's now 28 points behind series leader Jeff Gordon.

Team owner Jack Roush, who celebrated his 100th win Sunday with Edwards's victory, also was docked 25 owner points and crew chief Bob Osborne was fined $25,000.

Edwards's No. 99 Ford was deemed to be too low following postrace inspection. Although NASCAR determined the infraction was not intentional, the team still was penalized in accordance with NASCAR's strict inspection policy.

Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter received similar penalties when their cars failed inspection following the July race at New Hampshire. Tony Stewart's car was too low following last week's race in New Hampshire, but NASCAR ruled it was caused by race damage.

Roush officials said the team would appeal.

"We have the misfortune of violating a rule which makes no sense," said team president Geoff Smith. "We are being penalized for a violation that actually impaired the car's performance."

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