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Hendrick Motorsports Declines to Appeal Richmond Penalties

Hendrick Motorsports announced Monday they will not appeal penalties for infractions on the NASCAR Cup Series cars Alex Bowman and William Byron ran at Richmond Raceway.

NASCAR penalized the two teams for an improper roof hatch assembly they each allegedly ran at Richmond.

Each team lost 60 driver and owner championship points and five driver and owner playoff points. Fill-in crew chiefs Greg Ives and Brian Campe each lost $75,000 and received a 2-race suspension, effective after Bristol dirt.

Hendrick Motorsports released the following statement regarding their decision not to appeal the penalties:

Because we will be best served by devoting our time and resources to competing each weekend, our team will not pursue an appeal of penalties issued on April 6. The area of the race cars NASCAR focused on is not related to our performance on the track.

Bowman and Byron’s regular crew chiefs, Blake Harris and Rudy Fugle, were already going to be back after Bristol dirt, rendering the suspensions for the Richmond infraction almost moot.

NASCAR suspended Harris and Fugle after Phoenix over improper louvers discovered before qualifying there.

Hendrick Motorsports appealed the initial penalty and won. The appeals panel scrubbed the points penalties but kept the fines and suspensions intact.


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