Hendrick Motorsports loses appeal

Hendrick Motorsports lost its appeal before the National Stock Car Racing Commission Tuesday.

The brought the appeal before the commission after the No. 48 team was penalized after Daytona.  During opening day inspection at Daytona, the No. 48 Chevy was found to have the ‘A’ posts out of specification. The team removed and reinstalled the areas and the car passed inspection.

Crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec were suspended from six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events, suspended from NASCAR until April 18 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 9. Knaus was fined $100,000. Johnson and Jeff Gordon, who is listed as the car owner, were penalized with the loss of 25 driver and 25 owner points respectively.

The team said it would appeal on the day the original penalty was announced. Tuesday that appeal was heard before three members of the commission at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center near Charlotte North Carolina. MORE>>>

Chad Knaus, crew chief for the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, stands in the garage area with car chief Ron Malec

Chad Knaus, crew chief for the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, stands in the garage area with car chief Ron Malec

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