The National Motorsports Appeal Panel upheld NASCAR’s penalties against Erik Jones’ No. 43 team for a modified part on his Coca-Cola 600 car.
The modified part was found in the greenhouse area of the car.
NASCAR suspended crew chief Dave Elenz for two races and fined him $75,000. They also docked Jones and the team 60 championship points and five playoff points.
The team appealed but panelists Chuck Deery, Dixon Johnston and Cathy Rice denied the appeal Wednesday, explaining:
“The penalty was consistent with previously assessed penalties for similar situations. The rule book is clear that teams are not allowed to modify single-source parts, and therefore the penalty was upheld.”
Elenz sat out Sonoma and only has one race left on his suspension. Therefore, he’ll sit out this Sunday’s Chicago Street Course race and return next Sunday at Atlanta.
Jones will remain 30th in NASCAR Cup Series points, 133 points out of a playoff spot with nine races left until the playoffs.