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September 26, 2022

Penske No. 12 team withdraws appeal of Bristol penalties; suspensions to start at Talladega

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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NASCAR officials announced Monday that Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford team has withdrawn its plans to appeal penalties stemming from a lost wheel during the Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Competition officials had penalized the team last week after the left-rear wheel dislodged from the No. 12 Ford after an early pit stop for driver Ryan Blaney in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol. 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).

Because the organization planned to appeal, those suspensions for the No. 12 team were deferred for Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, which opened the Round of 12 in the Cup Series Playoffs. With the appeal withdrawn, those suspensions will take effect starting with this weekend’s YellaWood 500, scheduled Sunday (2 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM) at Talladega Superspeedway, ending after the Oct. 23 event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Blaney is among 12 drivers who remain championship-eligible. He finished fourth in Sunday’s race at Texas.