AP, Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec go before NASCAR's chief appellate officer Tuesday, trying to reverse their six-race suspensions. Knaus was also fined $100,000 and Johnson was docked 25 points because NASCAR found illegal modifications on the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy in the opening inspection for the Daytona 500.
A three-member appeals panel upheld the penalties this week. The
hearing before John Middlebrook on Tuesday is the final step in the
appeals process. Middlebrook has heard three appeals since being named
NASCAR's final arbitrator in 2010, and although he did not overturn any
of the rulings, he reduced a portion of the penalties in all three