The National Motorsports Appeals Panel has affirmed and upheld penalties assessed to Clint Bowyer’s Number-15 Michael Waltrip Racing Sprint Cup Series team for rule violations two weekends ago at Chicagoland Speedway. NASCAR’s penalty report released September 23rd referenced six different sections of the 2015 rule book that were applicable with the discovery of unapproved suspension components on Bowyer’s Toyota during opening-day inspection September 18th.
Bowyer and car owner Rob Kauffman were each docked twenty-five championship points. Crew chief Billy Scott was fined seventy-five thousand dollars, suspended for three races and placed on probation for six months. M-W-R’s appeal was heard on Wednesday.
Bowyer is among forty-four drivers on the preliminary entry list for Sunday’s Triple-A 400 at Dover. It’s the first elimination race of the 2015 Chase, with the bottom four drivers on The Chase Grid dropped from title contention. Bowyer is presently last among the sixteen drivers, thirty-nine
points below the twelfth-place cutoff.