CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carl Edwards has been dropped from the top of NASCAR's points standings without ever getting behind the wheel.
NASCAR has docked him 100 points and stripped him of the 10 bonus points he earned for winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, because it was discovered that his car did not have a cover on the oil tank.
NASCAR does not typically strip teams of victories, but the penalty did the closest thing to it. Edwards falls to seventh place with the loss of the points.
It was NASCAR's toughest punishment to date for infractions on its Car of Tomorrow.
In addition to Edwards' penalty, crew chief Bob Osborne was fined $100,000 and suspended six weeks. Jack Roush was docked 100 owner points.
NASCAR had already suspended five Nationwide Series crew chiefs two weeks ago because their oil tank covers were simply loose. Edwards' cover was actually off the tank. Competitors complain that with the missing cover gives the car an additional downforce.