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Chad Knaus Makes Case for Hendrick's Appeal of Record NASCAR Penalties

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Knaus: Hendrick Penalties 'Terrible for Industry'Icon Sportswire - Getty Images
  • Hendrick Motorsports and Kaulig Racing are appealing the penalties, but Hendrick has asked the four-week crew chief suspensions begin this weekend at Atlanta.

  • Currently, Hendrick isn’t working with Kaulig on the appeal, but noted there may be some communication in the future.

  • Hendrick Motorsports competition vice president Chad Knaus said everything was “pretty messy right now” as they attempted to determine the angle the appeal would take.


Hendrick Motorsports competition vice president Chad Knaus called the penalties assessed by NASCAR for a vendor part violation a “terrible situation” for the sport and denied Friday that they incorporated anything learned in the Garage 56 project into the louvers confiscated by the sanctioning body.

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Earlier this week, NASCAR suspended all four Hendrick crew chiefs for four Cup races, assessed them a $100,000 fine each, a 100-point loss for each driver and owner and a 10-point playoff deduction for each driver. NASCAR assessed the same penalty to Kaulig Racing’s No. 31 team.

Hendrick and Kaulig are appealing the penalties, but Hendrick has asked the crew chief suspension begin this weekend at Atlanta. Kaulig has requested that crew chief Trent Owens’ suspension be delayed until the appeal is heard. Hendrick substitute crew chiefs are Kevin Meendering for Kyle Larson, Tom Gray for Josh Berry, Brian Campe for William Byron and Greg Ives for Alex Bowman.

The appeal date hasn’t been set.

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Despite the stiff penalties, NASCAR is not making William Byron to take an winner’s stickers off his Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.Meg Oliphant - Getty Images

Currently, Hendrick isn’t working with Kaulig on the appeal, but noted there may be some communication in the future.

Knaus said everything was “pretty messy right now” as they attempted to determine the angle the appeal would take.