CHARLOTTE, NC — Hendrick Motorsports may have gotten their biggest win of the season on Tuesday as chief appellate officer, John Middlebrook, rescinded the suspension of Chad Knaus and Ron Malec, restored the championship and owners points for the No. 48 team. The $100,000 fine remains and Knaus and Malec are on probation until May 9.
The penalties stem from a pre-Daytona 500 inspection where NASCAR found the “C” posts on the 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet to be illegal. NASCAR confiscated the parts and issued penalties after the Daytona 500. The punishment was handed out on Wednesday, after the rain-delayed, 500.
Two weeks ago Hendrick Motorsports appealed to the National Stock Car Racing Commission and the penalties were upheld. Hendrick chose to appeal to the chief appellate officer, the final decision.
By getting the championship points restored Jimmie Johnson jumps to 11th in the point standings.
“There was no ill intent on our part,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “We felt by the rulebook we were approved. By the rulebook the car was legal.”
Chad Knaus and Ron Malec will both be with the No. 48 team as they head for California for the Auto Club 400 next Sunday in Fontana.
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