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Penalty to No. 41 Truck Series team upheld on final appeal

National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss upheld an L1-level penalty Wednesday that NASCAR issued to the No. 41 ThorSport Racing team after the season-opening Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Moss’ ruling, which affirmed the original penalty, is final.

NASCAR had penalized the ThorSport entry for post-race height measurements being outside allowed tolerances after the Feb. 16 season opener.

Crew chief Eddie Troconis was fined $5,000 and suspended for one Camping World Truck Series championship points event. The team also was docked 10 points from driver Ben Rhodes’ tally in the drivers’ standings, and 10 points from team owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson in the owners’ standings.

On March 14, a three-member panel of Dixon Johnston, Bill Mullis (operator of Langley Speedway) and Cathy Rice (general manager of South Boston Speedway) denied ThorSport’s original appeal, saying in a statement that they found the Appellants violated the rules set forth in the penalty notice, and the original penalty was affirmed and upheld.

Rhodes currently ranks fourth in the Camping World Truck Series standings. The circuit’s next race is scheduled May 4 at Dover International Speedway.