The No. 12 Team Penske crew works on the left side of Ryan Blaney's yellow-and-white Ford Mustang at Bristol Motor Speedway
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Penske No. 12 team to appeal Bristol penalties; suspensions deferred

NASCAR officials announced Friday that Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford team will appeal penalties stemming from a lost wheel during last weekend’s Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Competition officials had penalized the team Tuesday after the left-rear wheel dislodged from the No. 12 Ford after an early pit stop for driver Ryan Blaney in Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race. That infraction resulted in four-race suspensions each for crew chief Jonathan Hassler, and pit-crew members Zachary Price (rear-tire changer) and Graham Stoddard (jack).

Pending Team Penske’s appeal, those suspensions the No. 12 team were deferred for this Sunday’s AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 (3:30 p.m. ET, USA, NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM) at Texas Motor Speedway, which begins the Round of 12 in the Cup Series Playoffs. A NASCAR representative indicated that a hearing date has yet to be scheduled.

Blaney finished 30th at Bristol and advanced to the next round of the postseason. Twelve drivers remain championship-eligible.