NASCAR and the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel have decided not to alter and maintain its penalties against the No.27 of Richard Childress Racing.
It was announced on Monday by NASCAR that the appeal made by Richard Childress Racing has been upheld. With the appeal made by RCR upheld all penalties issued by NASCAR will go on as originally stated.
During the August 19th Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, the No.27 car driven by Paul Menard was found to have infractions to the NASCAR rule book after post race inspection. The No.27 RCR car was taken to the NASCAR Research and Development Center and was found to be illegally altered in the car’s frame rails.
The original penalties that were issued by NASCAR included penalties around the entire team. Crew Chief Richard “Slugger” Labbe was suspended for six weeks along with a $100,000 fine. Car chief Craig Smokstad and engineer Grant Hutchens were also issued a six-week suspension. Labbe, Smokstad, and Hutchens are also on probabtion until the year’s end, December 31.
The No.27 was also docked 25 driver and owner championship points respectively for driver Menard and car owner Richard Childress.
After the penalties were issued, Richard Childress Racing made an appeal for the six-week suspensions issued to Smokstad and Hutchens. The team however did not appeal the loss in points or crew chief Labbe’s suspension and fine.
Since RCR’s appeal made on September 5, Smokstad and Hutchens’s suspensions are effective immediately following the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel decision.
RCR still has one more opportunity to appeal the decision in a final appeal made to the National Stock Car racing Chief Appellate Officer.
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