The National Motorsports Appeals Panel rejected JTG Daugherty’s bid to overturn a NASCAR penalty issued earlier this month at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCAR penalized the team and Allmendinger 35 points each, fined crew chief Randall Burnett $65,000 and suspended Burnett three races.
JTG appealed the fine and point penalty. Burnett began serving his suspension at Las Vegas and also skipped Phoenix.
The point penalty leaves Allmendinger 31st in the standings heading into this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway.
National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement
(March 22, 2017)
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of an L1 level penalty issued on March 8 to Randall Burnett (crew chief), JTG Daugherty Racing (owner) and AJ Allmendinger (driver), relative to the No. 47 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2017 NASCAR Rule Book: Sections 10.9.10.4 Tires and Wheels.
The original penalty assessed: Burnett was fined $65,000; JTG Daugherty Racing was assessed with the loss of 35 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owner points; Allmendinger was assessed with the loss of 35 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver points; and the race finish was encumbered.
Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
The Appellants violated the Rules set forth in the Penalty Notices.
The Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalties assessed by NASCAR.
The panel consisted of the following three individuals:
-Mr. Richard Gore
-Mr. Bill Lester
-Mr. Steve York
The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book.