Rick Hendrick, Chad Knaus react to winning NASCAR appeal

Rick Hendrick and Chad Knaus had a reason to smile Tuesday afternoon outside NASCAR’s R&D Center in Concord North Carolina. The Hendrick Motorsports organization had just scored a rare victory in NASCAR as NASCAR Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer, John Middlebrook rescinded the six week suspensions and restored the driver and owner points NASCAR had penalized the team with after the Daytona 500. 

“I’m glad this is over; it’s been a long 30 days,” Hendrick said. “I appreciate the fact that we had an opportunity to present all the facts, and I was happy with the outcome and to see the points reinstated, Chad (Knaus, crew chief, No. 48 Chevrolet) reinstated and our other guys. I would have liked to have the fine gone to because I think there was no reason for any kind of penalty. But when you’re making these kinds of decisions and you’re at a racetrack, it’s hard to make all the right decisions or right judgment.”

The trouble for the No. 48 team began during opening day inspection at Daytona, when the 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 there would be penalties. MORE>>>

Crew chief Chad Knaus (L) talks with team owner Rick Hendrick (R)
Crew chief Chad Knaus (L) talks with team owner Rick Hendrick (R) (Getty Images)
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