Champion crew chief Todd Parrott to fill in for No. 31 at Bristol
After three members of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld P5-level penalties against Richard Childress Racing‘s No. 31 Chevrolet team Thursday, team chairman and CEO Richard Childress said the team was considering its options, including an appeal to Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss.
"I’d like to thank the Appeals Panel for taking the time to hear our appeal today," Childress said in a team statement. "While they decided to reduce the penalties to the minimum penalties for a P5 violation, I am disappointed that the entire penalty was not overturned given the facts we presented.
"In order for the team to move forward, and focus our efforts on the upcoming races, Luke (Lambert), Phil (Surgen) and James (Bender) will begin serving their suspensions this weekend at Bristol. Veteran crew chief Todd Parrott will fill in as crew chief for this weekend’s race.
"We are still discussing our options and have not yet determined whether to appeal the penalties to the Final Appeals Officer."
The panel lowered penalties for owner Childress and driver Ryan Newman from 75 to 50 points and a fine to crew chief Luke Lambert from $125,000 to $75,000, but six-race suspensions were kept intact for crew chief Luke Lambert, tire technician James Bender and team engineer Philip Surgen, who are also on probation until Dec. 31.
NASCAR determined the team illegally altered air pressures in its tires during a March 22 event at Auto Club Speedway.
Parrott earned two Daytona 500 wins and the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett. Hired for the 2015 season as RCR’s XFINITY Series competition director, Ty Dillon leads the points heading into Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).
Earlier this Sprint Cup season, Parrott served as a crew chief for Dillon in the Daytona 500, Michael Annett at Atlanta Motor Speedway and earned a 13th-place finish with Brian Scott at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.