*UPDATED* NSCS: Penalties and suspensions wiped out for No.48 team

March 20, 2012 No Comments

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The National Stock Car Racing Commission Chief Appellate Officer, John Middlebrook, has overturned all penalties and suspensions handed down the the No.48 team of Jimmie Johnson. Crew chief, Chad Knaus, and car chief, Ron Malec, have had their six-race suspensions overturned to probation until May 19.

Although Knaus and Malec will be at Auto Club Speedway this Sunday, Knaus is still faces a $100,00 fine after infractions at Daytona International Speedway in February.

The original penalties to the team were as follows, according to the NASCAR rule book:

“Actions detrimental to stock car racing;” Section 12-4(J): “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the Race Equipment used in the Event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the NASCAR Rule Book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the Event;” and Section 20-2.1(E): “If in the judgment of NASCAR Officials, any part or component of the car not previously approved by NASCAR that has been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance, will not be permitted: Unapproved car body modifications.”

” I’m glad it’s over with, that’s for sure,” said Knaus. “It’s been a tough 30 days for everybody involved, all the guys on the team and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. We had to put a lot of effort into this to prove our innocence, and obviously it was worthwhile. It’s good to be over with that’s for sure.”

The No.48 team now moves to eleventh in the championship standings heading into Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway, a track that has been successful in the past for them.

” I appreciate the fact that we had an opportunity to present all the facts, and I was happy with the outcome and to see the points reinstated,” said owner Rick Hendrick. ” I would have liked to have the fine gone to because I think there was no reason for any kind of penalty.”

Official Press Release from NASCAR: 

On March 20, 2012, the Chief Appellate Officer heard and considered the appeal of the penalties resulting from the #48 Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.  This stemmed from an opening day inspection for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012.

The penalties concern Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing;” Section 12-4(J): “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the Race Equipment used in the Event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the NASCAR Rule Book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the Event;” and Section 20-2.1(E): “If in the judgment of NASCAR Officials, any part or component of the car not previously approved by NASCAR that has been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance, will not be permitted: Unapproved car body modifications.”

The results of the appeal hearing were as follows:

-          Rescinding the loss of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points (for Jeff Gordon).

-          Rescinding the loss of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points (for Jimmie Johnson).

-          Rescinding the six (6) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Events suspension for the Crew Chief (Chad Knaus) and Car Chief (Ron Malec), however both will remain on NASCAR probation until May 9, 2012.

-          $100,000 fine remains in place for the Crew Chief (Chad Knaus).

John Middlebrook – Chief Appellate Officer

 

 

 

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