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Panel overturns points penalties for Hendrick Motorsports

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel ruled Wednesday to overturn Hendrick Motorsports’ L2 points penalties for parts violations at Phoenix Raceway.

Each Hendrick Motorsports team will get ten playoff points and 100 regular-season points back. Drivers Kyle Larson, William Byron and Alex Bowman will also each get ten playoff points and 100 regular-season points back.

However, the panel upheld the $100,000 fine and 4-race suspension for each crew chief.

The panel consisted of Kelly Housby, Dixon Johnston and Bill Lester.

With the points penalties overturned, the drivers’ points positions are as follows:

  • Alex Bowman, first in regular-season points with 225 points (+14 to Ross Chastain)
  • William Byron, third in points, -28 to Bowman, with 14 playoff points
  • Kyle Larson, ninth in points, -55 to Bowman, with one playoff point

Each crew chief has been out the last two races, leaving two races left on each suspension period.

Hendrick Motorsports issued this statement, in response to the panel’s decision:

“We are grateful to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel for their time and attention,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “Today’s outcome reflects the facts, and we’re pleased the panel did the right thing by overturning the points penalty. It validated our concerns regarding unclear communication and other issues we raised. We look forward to focusing on the rest of our season, beginning with this weekend’s race at Richmond (Raceway).”

NASCAR issued this statement, in response to the decision:

“We are pleased that the National Motorsports Appeals Panel agreed that Hendrick Motorsports violated the rule book. However, we are disappointed that the entirety of the penalty was not upheld. A points penalty is a strong deterrent that is necessary to govern the garage following rule book violations, and we believe that it was an important part of the penalty in this case and moving forward. We will continue to inspect and officiate the NASCAR garage at the highest level of scrutiny to ensure a fair and level playing field for our fans and the entire garage.”


NASCAR confiscated louvers from all four Hendrick Motorsports teams and Kaulig Racing’s No. 31 team. It happened earlier this month before qualifying at Phoenix Raceway.

The sanctioning body levied penalties the following Wednesday.

Kaulig Racing will have their appeal heard next week.

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