Friday, March 09, 2012

Knaus Appeal Set For Tuesday

Knaus will plead his case Tuesday.
Hendrick Motorsports and crew chief Chad Knaus will get their day in court next Tuesday, when they appear before the National Stock Car Racing Commission’s Appeals Board.

Knaus was fined $100,000 and suspended six races for what NASCAR says were illegally modified c-pillars on Jimmie Johnson’s No, 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet discovered during pre-qualifying inspection for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17. Car chief Ron Malek also received a six-race suspension, while Johnson was docked 25 championship driver points.  No. 48 team owners Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon were penalized 25 championship owner points.
Hendrick contends that the car was presented to officials in Daytona in the exact same condition as it competed in four restrictor place events at Daytona and Talladega last season. He also alleges that the offending parts were checked only with the naked eye, and not with a NASCAR template. Both sides will present their cases before a three-member panel, which will decide whether to uphold, overturn or increase the penalties. The appearance will be Knaus’ fourth before the board; he had a 2005 suspension and fine overturned on appeal, but was denied in three other appearances.

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire

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