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Chad Knaus, 48 Team Lose First Appeal
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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 21:50

Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Chad Knaus lost his bid on Tuesday to overturn NASCAR's decision to penalize the No. 48 team for infractions discovered by officials during inspection for last month's Daytona 500. The three-member appeal board voted unanimously to uphold the penalties placed on Knaus and the team.


Team owner Rick Hendrick said he does not "accept" the ruling and plans to appeal to the National Stock Car Racing chief appellate officer, John Middlebrook, the final step one can take under NASCAR's appeal process.


Middlebrook, who retired from General Motors in 2008 after 49 years of service, was appointed by NASCAR in 2010 to have the last word in such matters. He reportedly earns $1.00 per year for the job.


NASCAR issued the following penalties following the Daytona 500:

Car Owner (Jeffrey M. Gordon) – Loss of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points;


Car Driver (Jimmie K. Johnson) – Loss of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points;


Crew Chief (Chad A. Knaus) - $100,000.00 fine.  Suspended from the next six (6) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Events.  Suspended from NASCAR until April 18, 2012.  Placed on NASCAR probation until May 9, 2012.


Car Chief (Ron P. Malec) - Suspended from the next six (6) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Events.  Suspended from NASCAR until April 18, 2012.  Placed on NASCAR probation until May 9, 2012.


Knaus will be allowed to perform his normal duties at the track until the final appeal is heard.

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