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NASCAR: No word from Furniture Row on appeal

LAS VEGAS -- By the start of the Kobalt 400 on Sunday in Las Vegas, NASCAR had not yet received word from Furniture Row Racing that it was officially withdrawing its appeal of crew chief Cole Pearn's one-race suspension.

 

Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer, confirmed Monday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that the sanctioning body still had not gotten any sort of notice.

FOX reported during the early portion of Sunday's race that Pearn told the network the team would withdraw its appeal and he would serve the one-race suspension issued to him as punishment next week at Phoenix.

The team was found to have illegal roof flaps before the Atlanta event. It resulted in a P3 penalty that included a $50,000 fine, 15-point deductions of championship driver points and owner points and Pearn's suspension. The team initially said it would appeal the punishment because it was a "safety issue" not something that resulted in a competitive edge.

Furniture Row officials told NASCAR.com the team had no official announcement regarding its appeal.

"I think from Cole's side he's a little frustrated about how it all went down, which is understandable," Truex said Friday in Las Vegas. "People in the garage area talk and he feels like, 'Do people really think I'm stupid enough after what happened at Daytona to try to pull something over on NASCAR in the same area?'

"Being that it's a safety issue, it's really a big deal to us to figure out exactly how it all happened. He'll figure exactly how to make sure something like this doesn't happen again and he'll go through the appeal process and see what comes of it."

Furniture Row Racing General Manager Joe Garone told NASCAR.com on Friday in Las Vegas, "In some ways, it's spun up into a little bit bigger deal than it actually is, so we're just trying to keep it what it really is and focus on racing."

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