Chad Knaus Suspension Overturned
Jimmie Johnson Gets Points Back
Chad Knaus will not have to serve the 6 race suspension imposed by NASCAR after the No. 48 Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson failed pre-race inspection for the Daytona 500.
Jimmie Johnson will also get 25 points back that he was docked by NASCAR following the violation.
Knaus had been suspended and fined $100,000 for the incident, while Johnson was penalized with a loss of 25 Championship points.
NASCAR Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook heard an appeal by the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team and reversed the penalties imposed by NASCAR.
The penalties were previously unanimously upheld by a NASCAR appeals board, and this was the team’s last chance at overturning the penalty.
Middlebrook is a retired General Motors executive who serves as NASCAR’s version of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. One person with little if any experience officiating races has overturned the findings of NASCAR’s officials and their appeals board.
This decision only serves to make NASCAR look bad, and their rules to look meaningless.
It will only encourage more cheating going forward.
What do you think of the decision?