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RCR appealing suspensions of 27 team members

September 06, 2012, Official Release, NASCAR.com

NASCAR has been informed by Richard Childress Racing that it will be appealing the six-week suspension of Craig Smokstad (car chief for the No. 27 Sprint Cup Series car) and Grant Hutchens (crew member for the No. 27 car).

The team will not appeal the $100,000 fine and six-week suspension of crew chief Slugger Labbe and it will not appeal the loss of 25 championship drivers' and 25 championship owners' points.

NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to the No. 27 team as a result of rules infractions discovered during post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center following the recent race at Michigan International Speedway.

The No. 27 team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4K (race equipment that has been previously certified or previously approved by NASCAR for use in an event, pursuant to sub-section 8-12, has been altered, modified, repaired or changed in any manner. Intentionally modifying frame rails for the purpose of deceiving NASCAR's inspection gauges) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book.

As a result, Smokstad and Hutchens were suspended from NASCAR until Oct. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Labbe was fined $100,000, suspended from NASCAR until Oct. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Driver Paul Menard and owner Richard Childress were penalized with the loss of 25 championship drivers' and owners' points, respectively.

The appeal is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Monday at the NASCAR R&D Center.