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Texas penalties upheld after JRM No. 88 appeal

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A three-member panel upheld a P2-grade penalty to the JR Motorsports No. 88 team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the conclusion of an expedited appeals hearing Wednesday.


Kevin Harvick drove the No. 88 Chevrolet to a third-place finish last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, but the JRM entry did not meet the proper height requirement in the rear during a post-race inspection, a violation of Sections 12.1; in the 2016 NASCAR Rule Book.


The team -- with Rick Hendrick the car owner of record for the Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned organization -- was docked 10 points in the XFINITY team owner standings. Crew chief David Elinz was fined $10,000.


The penalties were affirmed Wednesday by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel. The team had the option of a final appeal to Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, but it declined.


The panel members who heard Wednesday's appeal were: Dale Pinilis, longtime operator of NASCAR-affiliated Bowman Gray Stadium; former premier series driver Lake Speed; and Kevin Whitaker, owner of Greenville-Pickens Speedway, another historic weekly NASCAR track.

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