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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ The National Stock Car Racing Commission has upheld a $25,000 fine levied by NASCAR against crew chief Tommy Baldwin for a rule violation following the Busch series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The penalty was announced after NASCAR inspectors found the No. 6 Ford, driven by Wally Dallenbach to a seventh-place finish Oct. 12, did not meet the rule pertaining to minimum roof height.

Baldwin appealed the ruling. He did not contest the fact that the car was in violation of the rules, but argued the infraction was inadvertent and the size of the fine was too big, especially considering the possible effects of race-related damage to the left front of the car.