Appeal of Clint Bowyer penalty set for Wednesday

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The appeal of a penalty that dealt a severe blow to Clint Bowyer’s Chase for the Sprint Cup bid will be heard Wednesday, Sept. 30.

NASCAR confirmed the date but said the time and location still is to be determined. A three-person panel is being selected to consider the case of Michael Waltrip Racing, which is challenging the P4 penalty stemming from the opening day of inspection at Chicagoland Speedway.

The punishment including a 25-point deduction for Bowyer and a three-race suspension and $75,000 fine for crew chief Billy Scott. Because the penalty is being appealed, Scott’s suspension is deferred, and he will be working on Bowyer’s No. 15 Toyota at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

Bowyer’s points penalty will remain in place until the outcome of the appeal hearing. He dropped a position to the 16th  and final spot in the Chase standings, nine points behind Kevin Harvick (who finished 42nd in the playoff opener).

MWR, which is being shuttered after the season, would have an option for a final appeal if it loses Wednesday’s hearing.