The infraction(s) resulted in a P4-level penalty for the team. Crew chief Billy Scott has been fined $75,000, suspended for the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events and placed on NASCAR probation for six months. Clint Bowyer has been penalized 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points, with Rob Kauffman penalized 25 owner points.
NASCAR has requested that the Appeals Administrator of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel expedite the appeals process outlined in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rule book.
Pending appeal, the deduction of driver points drops Bowyer to last place in the 16-man Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He now has 2005 total points, 26 out of the final transfer spot currently held by Jeff Gordon and four points behind 15th-place Kevin Harvick.
Michael Waltrip Racing has issued a statement saying the team “respectfully disagrees with today’s penalties and plans to immediately appeal. MWR has made mistakes in the past, but we feel we are correct in this instance. We look forward to the opportunity to present our case to the appeals committee and have no further public comment until the process is completed.”