Ryan Blaney’s appeal isn’t about right or wrong

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 24: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Tarkett Ford, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on September 24, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The No. 12 Penske Racing team with driver Ryan Blaney was issued a strong penalty after an uncontrolled tire last weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway – the loss of his crew chief Jonathan Hassler for four weeks as well as a pair of key crew members.

So the team has appealed the penalty and until NASCAR hears the Penske team’s argument and makes a final decision, Blaney will have all his regular teammates working in the pits this weekend at Texas.

“I think it’s important to keep those guys for this week, we all know how important pit stops are here and how hard it is to pass, and strategy will come into play,’’ Blaney said, “It’s good to have Jonathan on the box and good to have those guys in the pits. It was good to keep those guys here for this week and we’ll see how the rest of that goes.’’

Blaney will start his No. 12 Ford from the 14th position on the grid. He won at Texas earlier this year in the NASCAR All-Star Race.