Joe Gibbs Racing on Wednesday will formally appeal its penalty stemming from a detached wheel at Dover Motor Speedway earlier this month.
The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team for driver Denny Hamlin was issued a penalty for violating Section 10.5.2.6 of the NASCAR Rule Book, which specifies the separation of an improperly installed wheel. Because of the safety violation during the DuraMAX Drydene 400, four-race suspensions were each issued to No. 11 crew chief Chris Gabehart, jackman Derrell Edwards and front-tire changer Blake Houston.
While under appeal, the JGR crew members listed in the penalty report have been permitted to participate for the No. 11 team, helping Hamlin achieve a fourth-place finish Sunday as Kansas Speedway. The team will present its case Wednesday to three members from the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.