Kaulig Racing had a chance to have its appeal heard following an L2 penalty issued to its No. 31 NASCAR Cup Series team after the Phoenix Raceway weekend, where the team's Chevrolet Camaro was found to have one altered hood louver.
Following Wednesday's appeal, which was heard by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel, the Kaulig Racing team had its penalties amended.
The original penalty for the Kaulig Racing team was a 100-point driver point deduction for Justin Haley and a 100-point owner point deduction for the No. 31 team, 10 Playoff Points deducted from the No. 31 driver and team, as well as a $100,000 fine and four-race suspension for crew chief Trent Owens.
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel restored 25 owner and driver points for the No. 31 team.
Other than that, the remainder of the penalties in place will remain unchanged.
The ruling by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel confirms that the No. 31 team was found to be in violation of sections 10.5.1.A, 14.1.C.D&Q, and 22.214.171.124.A of the NASCAR Cup Series rule book.
The panel members that heard the appeal from the Kaulig Racing team were Mr. Hunter Nickell, Ms. Shawna Robinson, and Mr. Steve York.
The ruling from Wednesday's panel was vastly different than the ruling from separate panel members last week for Hendrick Motorsports, which faced a similar penalty following Phoenix Raceway for altered hood louvers on all four of the team's cars.
Hendrick Motorsports received the restoration of all 100 driver and owner points as well as restoration of the 10 Playoff Points for all four of its teams. The monetary fines for HMS as well as the four-race crew chiefs remained intact for all four teams in the case of that appeal.
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