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RCR won't appeal Dillon penalties at Daytona

July 12, 2012, ,

Richard Childress Racing will not appeal the recent penalties levied against the Nationwide Series team of driver Austin Dillon, and former Sprint Cup crew chief Gil Martin will work atop the No. 3 pit box while regular signal-caller Danny Stockman is serving a suspension.

Dillon was docked six points, and Stockman was fined $10,000 and suspended two weeks after the No. 3 car's qualifying time last weekend at Daytona International Speedway was disallowed because of an open vent hose discovered in inspection. It was the second penalty in as many weeks for the RCR team, which also lost six points after the rear of Dillon's car was discovered to be too low in inspection following his victory at Kentucky Speedway on June 29.

As a result, Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska were each suspended for this week's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and next week's at Chicagoland Speedway. Working in Stockman's place will be Martin, currently RCR's director of Nationwide Series operations. Martin has 11 victories as a Sprint Cup crew chief, most recently with Kevin Harvick in 2011. He also has five Nationwide wins, most recently with Clint Bowyer in 2005.

RCR also will not appeal the Daytona penalties, which means that Dillon will be eight points behind teammate Elliott Sadler heading into New Hampshire this weekend. The team also did not appeal the sanctions from the Kentucky race.