NAS­CAR sus­pends John­son crew chief Knaus six races

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. | NAS­CAR is­sued steep penal­ties against five-time NAS­CAR cham­pion Jim­mie John­son and his team for fail­ing the first in­spec­tion for the Day­tona 500.

Crew chief Chad Knaus was fined $100,000 and sus­pended six races Wed­nes­day. Car chief Ron Malec also was barred for six races, and John­son was docked 25 points, send­ing him into this week­end’s race last in the Sprint Cup Se­ries stand­ings.

The penal­ties stem from a failed in­spec­tion Feb. 17 at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way. NAS­CAR said the No. 48 Chevro­let had il­le­gally mod­i­fied sheet me­tal be­tween the roof and the side win­dows, an area known as the C-posts. Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports im­me­di­ately said it would ap­peal, and Knaus and Malec can at­tend races dur­ing the process.

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