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Points reduction and suspensions removed from 48 team penalty

By admin | March 20, 2012



On March 20, 2012, the Chief Appellate Officer heard and considered the appeal of the penalties resulting from the #48 Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. This stemmed from an opening day inspection for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012.


The penalties concern Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing;” Section 12-4(J): “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the Race Equipment used in the Event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the NASCAR Rule Book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the Event;” and Section 20-2.1(E): “If in the judgment of NASCAR Officials, any part or component of the car not previously approved by NASCAR that has been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance, will not be permitted: Unapproved car body modifications.”

The results of the appeal hearing were as follows:

- Rescinding the loss of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points (for Jeff Gordon).


- Rescinding the loss of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points (for Jimmie Johnson).


- Rescinding the six (6) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Events suspension for the Crew Chief (Chad Knaus) and Car Chief (Ron Malec), however both will remain on NASCAR probation until May 9, 2012.


- $100,000 fine remains in place for the Crew Chief (Chad Knaus).


John Middlebrook – Chief Appellate Officer

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9 Responses to “Points reduction and suspensions removed from 48 team penalty”

  1. Offkilter Says:
    March 20th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    That is a big suprise. Good for hms for not rolling over.

  2. Charles Says:
    March 20th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    This is a example of a future problem in cheating in Nascar and doesnt have that much to do with the racecars..

    Nascar is big business…money and connections or politics, people are just or more so important who wins as the racecar itself..

    First Nascar should have never hired someone like Middlebrook with such a ‘onesided resume”….49 year G.M. with very close personal relationship to one of biggest GM car and racing teams.. Hendrick who has had ethic problems in the past..bribes etc…is showing his power!

    How Middlebrook got hired is seemly by reports by Hendrick..whos influence to Brian and his sister is large!

    An thats a big coming problem…Hendrick is getting to powerful in Nascar..and not by just having good race teams..his raceteams themself are not the issue….its his shrewd ways of doing business is coming out!…This is one example…

    Just look at it this can teams of Ford, Toyota, and Dodge be confident in going in front of fact dont think many have since Middlebrooks appointment…But if you are someone like Hendrick you have the added benefit of having a Judge you worked with and close to in your pocket..thus you are willing to ‘take more chances”..

    Wonder how Hendrick would like it if Carroll Shebly was in Middlebrooks position? and that would not be fair too..

    Here Middlebrook took a dive or ‘one for the team”….and they think us paying fans cannot see through this? The $100,000 fine stayed..but that showed problems!

    If Nascar doesnt remove Middlebrook and get one not so bias…then why should fans go to a sport full of cronyism, and favortism, it already has enough problems!

    But the bigger issue is again ‘Conflict of Interest”…Nascar needs to check to see its officals are on the level as well..I mean whos to say a raceowner would not give a ruling offical, money, bribes in exchange for favorable treatment…this just may be the tip of the iceberg…

  3. midasmicah Says:
    March 20th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Guess we’re reminded again as to who really runs nascar. And it ain’t brainless Brian.

  4. Offkilter Says:
    March 20th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    If Rick Hendrick is influencing nascar then why would his teams be penalized to begin with? If Rick Hendrick is telling brainless brian what to do, then why didn’t the 48 car penalties get settled behind closed doors with the first appeal? I will say these conspiracy theories above are entertaining.

  5. zhills fan Says:
    March 21st, 2012 at 3:15 am

    The whole system stinks, just tell me why the fine stands if Knaus is so f…. innocent.

  6. tyler west Says:
    March 21st, 2012 at 6:03 am

    It’s total BS. Hendrick is what is wrong with the whole sport. If I’m another team you can bet your ass I’m going to start working like crazy in the grey area. And then when I get caught I’ll keep denying it to the bitter end. The whole thing is a damn joke. They have a former GM guy to hear the case, please. The two he’s overturned were both for his boys. It SUCKS!! Totally biased. Those idiots at SPEED will claim that this was the right thing but they are also the ones saying how great the racing at Bristol is now. HMMMM! Yeah right!

  7. Sue Rarick Says:
    March 21st, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I’ve said it before. All Nascar had to do was a simple measurement with a steel ruller to determine position and a contour gauge on a passed car and the #48. Those two items are in abundance at every track in the fabricators toolboxes. If they had they definitely would hav had them on display along with the #48 parts.

    The fine could have been for actions detrimental to stock car racing (making Darby and Helton look ‘tupid’)
    BTW: ‘tupid’ is twice as bad as ’stupid’

  8. Russ Says:
    March 21st, 2012 at 8:56 am

    The problem is basic. Nascar has no public rulebook, and operates by allowing “tolerances”. These are, to be charitable, vague and ambiguous. Subject to interpretation by people with an agenda.

    They are trying to have it both ways. On one hand a “spec” car in the name of fairness. On the other the “tolerances” allow people to bend the rules. Thus the rub.

    Either make it a spec car with issued sheet metal, no deviation and if you dont pass a prerace inspection you’re out, or, give up the BS about templates etc and go back to the pre COT way of doing it.

  9. Offkilter Says:
    March 21st, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Amen, brother Russ.