Bowyer Appeal Denied

Clint Bowyer

The penalties knocked Bowyer from second to 12th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings where he’ll enter this week’s race at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Richard Childress Racing’s appeal of NASCAR penalties handed down after Clint Bowyer’s Sprint Cup Series win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway two weeks ago was denied by a three-member committee on Wednesday.

The appeal hearing was held at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina on Monday and after a nearly four-hour deliberation process the original fines and penalties were upheld.

Bowyer’s penalty of 150 points along with six-week suspensions to crew chief Shane Wilson and car chief Chad Haney plus a $150,000 fine to Wilson will all stand as originally handed out by NASCAR following the post race inspection that found the RCR entry to be 60/1000 out of bounds of the accepted chassis to body tolerances allowed.

Team owner Childress, who claimed a wrecker caused the damage when Bowyer’s car was pushed to victory lane after running out of gas on the final lap of the New Hampshire race, vowed to take the fight to the next level.

“We’re very disappointed,” Childress said. “We have shown proof that the wrecker knocked the back of the car up. We will appeal it, and we will take it to the next level. I’m very disappointed. Nothing unexpected with the way this thing works.”

Bringing the case to NASCAR Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, a former General Motors executive, would be the last step for Childress to take in the matter.

Dr. Charles Manning of Accident Reconstruction Analysis was brought in as an expert witness by Childress to make the case for the car being damaged by the wrecker. However Manning believes his testimony was a waste of time.

“They paid no attention to anything I said, which says something about what’s going on in there,” Manning said.

The penalties knocked Bowyer from second to 12th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings where he’ll enter this week’s race at Kansas Speedway.

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