Ernie Cope will be A.J. Allmendinger’s interim crew chief at Pocono; team won’t appeal

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JTG Daugherty Racing won’t appeal the one-race suspension of crew chief Randall Burnett for lug nut violations after the Coca-Cola 600.

The team said Ernie Cope will fill in for Burnett as the interim crew chief for A.J. Allmendinger’s No. 47 Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway. Cope, a former winning crew chief in the Xfinity Series, was hired as JTG Daugherty’s director of competition in the offseason.

Stewart-Haas Racing announced Wednesday night the team wouldn’t appeal crew chief Tony Gibson’s one-race suspension for improper lug nuts on Kurt Busch’s car.

A Roush Fenway Racing spokesman said Thursday afternoon that the team still was evaluating whether to appeal the two-race suspension of crew chief Brian Pattie after Greg Biffle’s No. 16 Ford failed postrace inspection from the Coke 600.