Front Row Motorsports drops appeal for No. 34 team penalty

Michael McDowell in the No. 34 Ford at Indianapolis
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Front Row Motorsports announced Tuesday that the organization has abandoned its plan to appeal L2-level penalties against its No. 34 Ford team.

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FRM indicated in a statement that the team informed NASCAR that the organization has accepted the penalty and that “the team has made internal changes in its build practices to ensure the issues leading to the penalties will not happen again in the future.”

The 100-point penalty assessed July 26 to both driver Michael McDowell and team owner Bob Jenkins in their respective Cup Series standings will now stand. The four-race suspension for crew chief Blake Harris will go into effect beginning this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

Chris Yerges, lead engineer for the No. 34 team, will take over as the interim crew chief starting with Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET, USA, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM) at the 2-mile Michigan track. Just four races remain in the Cup Series regular season, and McDowell ranks 26th in the driver points.