Newman Fined, Mayfield Fired

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Ryan Newman has been penalized by NASCAR because his car failed post-race inspection at Texas Motor
Speedway.
Newman was docked 25 points, car owner Roger Penske was docked
25 points and crew chief Roy McCauley was fined $25,000 and placed
on probation until the end of the year because the No. 12 Dodge was
too high following Newman's fourth-place run.
The penalty drops Newman from eighth to 10th in the Sprint Cup
standings.
Jeremy Mayfield and Haas CNC Racing are parting ways.
The team says the split is mutual, but it comes after Mayfield's
38th-place finish Sunday in Texas that dropped him to 36th in the
standings. That means the car must now qualify on speed to make
this week's race at Phoenix International Raceway, where Johnny
Sauter will behind the wheel of the Number-70.
Mayfield has five finishes of 30th or worse in seven events this
season, with a best result of 16th in Las Vegas.
Sauter returns to the ride he drove all of last season. But he
was replaced by Mayfield at the end of the year when the team
dumped Sauter and Jeff Green to hire Mayfield and Scott Riggs.
Sauter had an average finish of 26th in the car and finished
30th in the points.
It's not known if Sauter will remain in the car the rest of the
season.



 
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