NASCAR penalizes Kyle Busch, Sauter

7-4-07 -- NASCAR has penalized the Nextel Cup teams of Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter for rule infractions found on their cars during the postrace inspection following Sunday's race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Both the No. 5 Chevrolet of Busch and the No. 70 Chevrolet of Sauter were found to have used unapproved parts and failed to meet the minimum front car heights.

NASCAR said Wednesday that Busch and Sauter were each penalized 25 points and their respective crew chiefs, Alan Gustafson and Robert ``Bootie'' Barker, were each fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Sept. 19.

In addition, Rick Hendrick, owner of the No. 5, was penalized 25 car owner championship points, as was Joe Custer, owner of the No. 70.