CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Martin Truex's bid to make the Chase for the championship took a severe hit Tuesday when NASCAR penalized his Dale Earnhardt Inc. team 150 points for bringing an illegal car to Daytona.

Truex's car failed its initial inspection last week at Daytona because the No. 1 Chevrolet failed to fit NASCAR's roof template. NASCAR officials seized the car and sent it to their Research and Development Center in Concord for further inspection.

"We've dug ourselves a hole, but we're not giving up. This team seems to respond the best when its back is against the wall," said Truex, who missed the only practice session before Saturday night's race because of the illegal car.