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By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
Following a rule infraction that saw both Penske Racing teams (No. 2 and No. 22) rear-end parts confiscated, both the No. 2 team and No. 22 team faced 50-point penalties, and huge monetary fines as well, but possibly the most damaging part of the sanctions were the fact that both teams would be losing their crew chiefs, car chiefs, lead engineers and overall team leader for six races.
Those six-race suspensions of the team members will be reduced to just two points races and the All-Star race after the team’s final appeal was heard Tuesday. The point penalties, and monetary fines will remain the same, but this is a huge win for the Penske Racing team.
“After looking at all the facts and data and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties,” said John Middlebrook, Chief Appellate Officer. “However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions...