The appeal for Austin Dillon’s Martinsville penalty proved to be unsuccessful on Tuesday. NASCAR announced that the three person panel of J. Kirk Russell, Lake Speed, and Kevin Whittaker upheld the penalties regarding underwing assembly and hardware. Dillon now loses 60 driver points and five playoff points, and crew chief Keith Rodden is fined $75,000 plus a two race suspension.
- Austin Dillon was originally penalized following a 12th place finish at Martinsville Speedway on April 16th. The penalty drops him to 31st in the points standings.
- The penalty comes amongst a flurry of controversial penalties during the beginning of the season. Most notably the appeals panel reducing penalties given to Hendrick Motorsports after parts were confiscated at Phoenix Raceway in March.
- Some fans on social media are upset because of the inconsistency from the Hendrick decision almost a month ago.
The Main Characters
NASCAR penalized Austin Dillon for infractions at Martinsville Speedway on April 16.
Richard Childreaa Racing announced their intention to appeal shortly thereafter.
NASCAR announced the penalty was upheld by the appeals panel on Tuesday.
Bob Pockrass offers more insight into what specifically the team was penalized for.
Some more insight from Pockrass on the appeals panel.
In the Stands
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MrPissant on Twitter is unhappy with this appeal versus Hendrick Motorsports.
He does have 3 career wins in all fairness.
They were indeed very specific in what they said.
On Your Screen
Timing is indeed very intriguing
Now with this in the rearview mirror, Dillon will likely have to get a win to get into the playoffs. This is something he did do last year. Is there a spontaneous rain shower scheduled for a race coming up?