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June 28, 2023

National Motorsports Appeals Panel upholds No. 43 team penalty

Erik Jones drives at World Wide Technology Raceway
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The National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld an L1-level penalty that NASCAR levied against the No. 43 Legacy Motor Club team on June 7 after the Cup Series race at Worldwide Technology Raceway. The car, driven by Erik Jones, was found to have a modified greenhouse in post-race inspection.

The penalties issued were the loss of 60 championship points and five playoff points for the driver and owner and a $75,000 fine and two-race suspension for crew chief Dave Elenz.

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In reaching the decision, the panel provided the following explanation: “The penalty was consistent with previously assessed penalties for similar situations. The rule book is clear that teams are not allowed to modify single-source parts, and therefore the penalty was upheld.”

The Appeals Panel members for this hearing were: Mr. Chuck Deery, Mr. Dixon Johnston and Ms. Cathy Rice.

Per the NASCAR entry list, Danny Efland will be atop the pit box as interim crew chief for Jones and the No. 43 Chevrolet this weekend in the Chicago Street Race (Sunday, 5 p.m., NBC, Peacock, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports App). The team has not announced any plans to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel but maintains the right to appeal to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with the NASCAR Rule Book.