Hendrick wins NASCAR appeal, suspensions lifted, points restored

Hendrick Motorsports found some success with the final appeal of their NASCAR penalties Tuesday. NASCAR’s Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer, John Middlebrook rescinded the six week suspensions and restored the driver and owner points NASCAR had penalized the team with after the Daytona 500. 

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. However, NASCAR found the team had broken the rules and said it would be penalized.

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. Driver Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, who is listed as the car owner, were penalized with the loss of 25 driver and 25 owner points respectively. MORE>>>

  Crew chief Chad Knaus (L) and car chief Ron Malec for Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, talk in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 25, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Crew chief Chad Knaus (L) and car chief Ron Malec for Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, talk in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 25, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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