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Hendrick Penalties Upheld

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, March 13 2012

Penalties against Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson have been upheld. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Tom Copeland)

Hendrick Motorsports’ appeal of penalties levided against the No. 48 Sprint Cup team by NASCAR officials have has been denied today.

A NASCAR release stated: “The National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel unanimously upheld original penalties.”

The penalties, which include fines and a six-race suspensions for crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec, came after the car driven by Jimmie Johnson failed inspection at Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks.

Johnson was also docked 25 driver points.

Team owner Rick Hendrick appealed the penalties and Knaus and Malec remained with the team at the Cup events in Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Hendrick said Tuesday’s board ruling will be further appealed to chief appellate officer John Middlebrook.

In a statement released by his team, Hendrick said: “The panel was generous with its time today, and we appreciated the opportunity to talk through our concerns,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “We feel strongly about this issue and will continue to pursue it at the next level.”

That means Knaus and Malec will likely be in Bristol for this weekend’s race.

“I stand firmly behind our guys,” Hendrick said.

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, March 13 2012
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  • Greg says:

    If that car had been raced as many times as they say there must be photos of the car where we all can see what was different about it. Don’t tell me some of you find journalist can not find a Talladega from last year and a this years Daytona car to compare.