Furniture Row Racing said Wednesday that it had informed NASCAR it has withdrawn the appeal for a prerace infraction at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In a statement via email, the team said Joe Garone, president Furniture Row Racing met with NASCAR officials, and said he was satisfied with the clarification of the penalty and was appreciative of the sanctioning body’s cooperation on this matter. As a result of the suspension of the appeal, Furniture Row Racing crew chief Cole Pearn will serve his one-race suspension at this weekend’s NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race in Phoenix.
Subbing for Pearn on race day in Phoenix will be former Furniture Row Racing crew chief Todd Berrier. Berrier is who is now the director of fabrication at Joe Gibbs Racing. Berrier will call the race strategy on top the pit box for Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota.
“Being able to secure the services of Todd for Phoenix was an incredible and selfless gesture by Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Garone. “We are very proud to have a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and are deeply grateful for its quick response to offer assistance. I also want to thank Todd. He has plenty on his plate and to go the extra mile to help us out is appreciated by everyone at Furniture Row Racing.”