Appellate Officer Rules On Bowyer
The final appeal of the penalties issued to Richard Childress Racing and its No. 33 Sprint Cup team was heard and ruled upon Tuesday and there was a slight adjustment made.
While the decision to dock driver Clint Bowyer 150 championship points was let stand by appellate officer John Middlebrook, the fine issued to crew chief Shane Wilson was reduced from $150,000 to $100,000 and his suspension was reduced from six weeks to four weeks.
Team owner Richard Childress issued the following statement:
“I’m disappointed that the results are not what we wanted, but I feel we received a fair hearing today. The final step in the appeals process is very good, and I can assure you we would not have taken our case to the chief appellate officer if the first step in the process had been as fair as today’s. I want to thank all of the fans for their support. I’m proud to be a part of this sport and proud to represent RCR’s partners. We all need to put this behind us and get back to racing. There are seven races remaining in the Chase, and Richard Childress Racing will continue our focus on winning the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.”
The No. 33 car was penalized by NASCAR on Sept. 22 as a result of rule infractions discovered during post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center following the Sept. 19 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Specifically, the car body location specifications in reference to the certified chassis did not meet NASCAR-approved specifications of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book.
“After reviewing all the data, presentation and factors involved, I am ruling NASCAR was correct in its decision to levy penalties,” said Middlebrook, the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer who presided over the hearing. “I believe that the revisions that have been made to the penalties are consistent and fair to both parties involved.”No Comment