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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NASCAR has egg on its face after Penalties against Jimmie Johnson, #48 team overturned

I never thought I'd see the day. The penalties against the #48 team have been rescinded for the most part by the chief appellate officer, except for the fine on Chad Knaus. Jimmie gets his 25 points back, the team gets 25 owner points back, and Chad doesn't get suspended at all, though he and car chief Ron Malec remain on probation until May 9.

NASCAR definitely has some egg on its face after this one. They'll have to be more careful now in the future when going after the 48 team.

Advantage Jimmie, who is now back in familiar territory up toward the top of the standings.

Here's the full text of the decision.



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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Anonymous mrclause said...

I believe that the reason Middlebrook left the fine in place was to be a small measure of face saving for NASCAR. He left NASCAR with a small measure of credibility by not over turning everything.

March 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was telling NASCAR they should have done there job last year when they had 3 chances to catch this violation in the GREY area.

March 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all way too nit-picky anyway. Let em race.

March 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So once again, Chad gets away with cheating. Why am I surprised??? The fact that over and over and over again Chad and Jimmy get caught cheating takes away the legitimacy of those 5 Championships and it also reflects poorly on LOWES. Apparently, LOWES doesn't mind being associated with and condones cheating. What is that telling our children. I will do my home improvement shopping elsewhere from now on!

March 22, 2012 at 5:51 AM 

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