Appeals panel amends crew member suspension

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The National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard an appeal Wednesday by NASCAR crew member Jeffrey W. Merritt regarding his behavioral level penalty and amended his suspension.

Merritt, a front end mechanic for AM Racing in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, was suspended indefinitely on March 20 for violating Section 2.11.a of the rule book.

That section states that: “Any NASCAR Member charged with any violation of the law (misdemeanor and/or felony) shall notify NASCAR … prior to the next scheduled Event or within 72 hours of being so charged, whichever is earlier.”

After hearing Merritt’s appeal, the panel found that the rule had been violated but ruled Merritt is required to pay a $1,000 fine and serve a two-race suspension.

Merritt has 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.

A spokesperson for AM Racing told NBC Sports, “We are very happy with The National Motorsports Appeals Panel’s ruling and have no further comment at this time.”