Clint Bowyer and Richard Childress Racing will have their appeal of a 150-point penalty that knocked the No. 33 team from second to 12th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series standings following the New Hampshire Motor Speedway event heard on Sept. 29.

RCR No. 33 team Crew Chief Shane Wilson was fined $150,000 for alleged chassis violations and suspended from the next six Sprint Cup Series events along with Car Chief Chad Haney. Team owner Richard Childress was docked 150 owner points.

Bowyer had moved from 12th to second in the 12-driver, 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup standings by squeezing the most of his No. 33 car's fuel mileage and earning his first victory of the season, second all-time at the New Hampshire facility and third of his career by 0.478 of second over Hamlin on Sept. 19. The victory will stand in Bowyer's season record.

"We feel certain that the cause of the car being out of tolerance by sixty thousandths of an inch, less than 1/16 of an inch, happened as a result of the wrecker hitting the rear bumper when it pushed the car into winner's circle.

"The rear bumper was also hit on the cool down lap by other drivers congratulating Clint on his victory. That's the only logical way that the left-rear of the car was found to be high at the tech center. We will appeal NASCAR's ruling and take it all the way to the NASCAR commissioner for a final ruling, if need be," he said.

NASCAR stated there have been 132 penalty appeals since 1999. Eighty eight were upheld, 42 were reduced or overturned and two actually had their penalties increased.

Story by Mike Schmaltz



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