Elliott Sadler said he was mystified about NASCAR’s decision to order the nose of his No. 2 Nationwide Series race car cut off and replaced before Friday’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

He also said while he’s concerned about the possibility of a penalty being handed down that may adversely affect his position as the series points leader heading into Friday’s event, he realizes there is nothing he can do about it now.

“It was the same car I’ve run twice already this season,” Sadler said Friday before the race. “So it’s been through pre-race inspections and it’s been through post-race teardowns — because we won two races with it. When we went through the tech [inspection] line [on Thursday], we got a sticker. We went through the tech line with no issues. Every single template fit the car and we got a sticker. Everybody was back at the trailer, working on the car and scaling it out — when NASCAR came and said we had to cut the nose off our car.