Appeal of a P1 penalty issued on May 27, 2015 to Hendrick Motorsports RELATED: Hendrick's No. 48 team wins appeal The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a P1 penalty issued on May 27, 2015 to Hendrick Motorsports relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #48 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The penalty concerns the following section in the 2015 NASCAR rule book: 188.8.131.52 – Warnings and P1 penalty options: .b: Multiple warnings issued to the same team member or team will result in one or more P1 penalties. .c: If the same team receives two warnings during the same event, or two warnings during two consecutive events, whether the events are championship or non-championship, then this may result in one or more ... P1 penalties at NASCAR’s discretion. The original penalty assessed was the last choice in the pit selection process for the next event. Upon hearing the testimony, the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel is: • Warnings are not appealable. NASCAR acted correctly in issuing a P1 penalty after the second warning. • But, the panel must also decide if there has been a violation of the rules (Section 14.15.1.b). • In the hearing, there was a preponderance of evidence presented that the side skirt violation which led to a warning did occur. There was conflicting evidence about the inspection violation which led to the second warning instead of preponderance. • Since only one of the two violations were shown by a preponderance of the evidence, the panel rescinds the P1 penalty. The panel consisted of the following three individuals: Richard Gore David Hall Jay Signore FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kahne also picks up new primary sponsor for three races in 2015 RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today MORE: Rodden to step in as No. 5 crew chief Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday morning that it has signed driver Kasey Kahne to a three-year contract extension, keeping him in the fold through 2018 . "I've found a home at Hendrick Motorsports ," said Kahne in a team release. "We have incredible people and partners supporting us, and I couldn’t be more excited about the direction we're headed as a team and a company. It's the right place for me, and I'm looking forward to being here for a long time." The news comes one day after a major shakeup with Hendrick's No. 5 Chevrolet team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with Keith Rodden accepting a crew chief role and Kenny Francis, atop Kahne's pit box since the 2005 season finale, shifting to the position of vehicle technical director. Kahne, an 11-year veteran and 17-time winner in NASCAR's premier series, and Francis joined the Hendrick organization in 2012. "It's extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey," said Rick Hendrick , owner of Hendrick Motorsports said in a team release. "I think the world of him both as a driver with championship-level talent and an overall terrific young man. Our whole organization has a great deal of respect for how hard he works, the professionalism he displays with our partners and the way he carries himself every day. We're committed to winning races and competing for titles with him for many years to come." In addition, Kahne will have LiftMaster on board as a primary sponsor for three races in the 2015 Sprint Cup season as well as an associate sponsor for the rest of the races. The agreement will be for the next three seasons (2015 to 2017). LiftMaster will be the primary sponsor for Kahne on May 24 (Charlotte), July 11 (Kentucky) and October 18 (Kansas). "It means a lot to have support from a great company like LiftMaster," Kahne said in a release. "The No. 5 team has high expectations for 2015, and they'll be with us as the primary sponsor at three tracks where we're traditionally very fast. All of us are looking forward to representing them throughout the season and developing a successful long-term relationship." We’re excited to join @KaseyKahne & @TeamHendrick starting in 2015! http://t.co/kZJdDPiroS pic.twitter.com/2aP8Oy7CJr — LiftMaster (@LiftMaster) November 20, 2014 The 34-year-old driver has won five times in Hendrick equipment and notched his best-ever finish in the season standings -- fourth -- in his first year with the team. Last season was a struggle, however, with Kahne posting just three top-five finishes and winding up 15th in the final standings. Kahne qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs with a Labor Day weekend victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the next-to-last race of the regular season. Kahne survived the first round of eliminations in the new-look Chase, but was ousted in the Contender Round, the second three-race leg of the postseason. Kahne agreed to join Hendrick in April 2010, replacing veteran driver Mark Martin . After signing the multiyear agreement, Kahne finished out most of the season in Richard Petty Motorsports' Fords, then spent the last five races of 2010 and all of 2011 driving Red Bull Racing's Toyotas before finally landing in the No. 5 Chevy. Re-signing Kahne, whose contract was set to expire after the 2015 season, helps solidify the Hendrick driver lineup. Team cornerstone Jeff Gordon , a four-time series champion, signed a lifetime contract with Hendrick in 1999. Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson is also under contract through 2015, and Dale Earnhardt Jr ., the sport's most popular driver, is signed through 2017. With Hendrick at the NASCAR-mandated maximum of four teams and the unlikelihood of Johnson departing after 2015, speculation will likely rise about the future of 18-year-old prodigy Chase Elliott , the reigning NASCAR Nationwide Series champion who is under contract to Hendrick and drives for the affiliated JR Motorsports team with co-owner Earnhardt. Team owner Rick Hendrick said Nov. 8 after Elliott became the series' youngest champion that the young driver's career arc will likely include a handful of Sprint Cup races next season, but that there is no accelerated timetable to place him in NASCAR's premier series on a full-time basis. Elliott will return next year to defend his title in what will be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series, driving JRM equipment. "Another year of seasoning here will be good for him, and we're not in any hurry," Hendrick said. "He's 18 years old." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 48 team waits for situation to play out before Michigan RELATED: Johnson stands behind decision to appeal Hendrick Motorsports ' appeal of a P1 level penalty will be heard by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel Tuesday at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. The Sprint Cup Series organization's No. 48 team, with driver Jimmie Johnson , was penalized May 27 for receiving written warnings in two consecutive events during last month's All-Star and Coca-Cola 600 events at Charlotte Motor Speedway . As a result of the multiple warnings, the team was scheduled to receive one of the final two choices in the pit selection process for the May 31 FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway . However, the penalty was deferred due to the notice to appeal by the organization. Should the Appeals Panel uphold NASCAR's penalty, the team would have the last choice in pit selection for this weekend's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway (FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR, 1 p.m. ET). Before the Dover race, Johnson, a six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, said his team didn't agree with the penalty. "I look forward to the appeal process running its course, and respect it and certainly hope for a different outcome once everything has run its course," he said. Written warnings are typically issued for minor infractions and do not result in penalties. However, when multiple warnings are issued, the infraction is considered a P1 level penalty under NASCAR's Deterrence System. The HScott Motorsports team, with driver Justin Allgaier , was also penalized for receiving consecutive warnings at Charlotte. More recently, the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 team with defending series champion Kevin Harvick was penalized for multiple warnings during the Dover race weekend. Both HScott and SHR teams chose to not appeal. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Comparing Earnhardt Jr.'s eight years with each organization Vote: Who will win at Pocono? Stats advance: Dale Jr. attempts to join Allison, Richmond with three in a row at Pocono Editor's note: Last week, Mike Davis, brand director for Dale Earnhardt Jr ., tweeted that the driver was in his eighth year at Hendrick Motorsports after spending eight years at Dale Earnhardt Inc. Hard to believe, but this season marks @DaleJr 's eighth at Hendrick Motorsports , equaling the number of full-time Cup seasons he had at DEI. — Mike Davis (@MikeDavis88) May 26, 2015 Here's a look at how the eight years with the No. 8 and No. 88 compare through the first 13 races of 2007 and 2015.
NASCAR ruling was for second written warning following Coca-Cola 600 RELATED: Nos. 48, 51 and 1 penalized for Charlotte infractions MORE: Johnson stands by appeal " Appeal prevents pit pick repeat Hendrick Motorsports officials have filed for an appeal of the P1 level penalty handed down to its No. 48 team with driver Jimmie Johnson , meaning the team will be allowed to make its pit stall selection based on Johnson's qualifying result for Sunday's FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Dover International Speedway Because the decision is being appealed, the initial penalty, last choice in pit selection process, has been deferred. No date has been set for the appeal. Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Friday at the 1-mile track. The team was penalized after consecutive written warnings for violations during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The order for the selection of pit stalls for the race is based on qualifying results, with the Coors Light Pole Award winner getting first choice, and the remainder (pos. 2-43) choosing in order of their position in the starting lineup. The HScott Motorsports team, with driver Justin Allgaier , was also penalized for receiving consecutive written warnings at CMS. Warnings, which are not appealable, are typically issued for minor, first-time infractions and the reason for the warnings isn't made public. Multiple warnings elevate the severity of the penalty to a P1 level and may result in one or more consequences besides the loss of choice in pit selection. Track time deduction in practice or qualifying, a delay in the order of inspection and selection for post-race inspection are among the other options NASCAR may impose. Johnson is a nine-time winner at Dover and is the defending race winner. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Jeff Gordon: 'We have some work to do' DOVER, Del. --- Nine-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson blazed through Friday's opening round of practice under an overcast Delaware sky topping the speed charts. But when it came to qualifying his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet later in the sun-drenched afternoon, Johnson only advanced to the second round and will start 14th in Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Still, that's the best of his Hendrick Motorsports team, which for the second consecutive race has not had any of its four cars advance to the final round of qualifying. "In a sense maybe we didn't make the changes we needed to, the car had so much speed in the first practice session,'' Johnson told FOX Sports 1 following the second round of qualifying on Dover International Speedway 's "Monster Mile." "But the track is totally different right now. … We'll learn and get smarter from it. This car has a lot of speed and we've won from much farther back, so I'm really not worried at all." With a series-best three victories already this year (including one from a 37th-place starting position), Johnson may not be overly concerned. But his winless teammate Jeff Gordon conceded earlier in the day that his team is not performing at full potential. Gordon will start 22nd on Sunday, and his teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Kasey Kahne will roll off 16th and 25th, respectively. "I wouldn't call it urgency, but there is definitely a lot of hard work being put out to get that turned around," said the four-time Cup champ Gordon, who is retiring from full-time competition at the end of the 2015 season. "This rule package that we have this year has not suited any of us very well. I know Jimmie has the three wins, which we all scratch our heads and are amazed that he has been able to do that. We don't feel like we have really performed, any of us, to that level, but they (No. 48 team) have done an excellent job." Gordon is currently Chase-qualified based on his points standings, but would prefer a win and a sure ticket in -- especially in his final full-time season. His No. 24 3M Chevrolet has a pair of top-fives and three pole positions in 12 races this season, and Gordon is a five-time Dover winner -- including last fall. "I think we are very conscious of the fact that we need to improve our performance, especially on the 1.5-mile tracks,'' Gordon said. "We have not lived up to our own expectations and we are working extremely hard to fix that. "I think right now if we execute flawlessly, we have a shot at winning. Be we haven't been doing that either. "We have some work to do.'' FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Team release says that assets have been purchased Photo courtesy of Viva Motorsports Viva Motorsports , which fields the No. 55 entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, announced on Monday that the team is ceasing operations effective this week, according to a release issued by the organization. The team was on track at Michigan International Speedway last weekend, where Jeffrey Earnhardt was behind the wheel of the No. 55 Chevrolet and finished in 34th place. The organization made its NASCAR debut in 2009 and competed in both the XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "It takes a tremendous level of commitment to compete at this level of auto racing, especially when striving to get better on limited resources, week in and week out," team owner Jamie Dick said in a release provided by the team. "It has come to a point where my family and I cannot continue to make the personal and financial commitments that this sport requires. I have always been proud of the quality of race team we brought to the track. Instead of lessening that quality, we decided to take a step back from the sport." "I want to thank the whole NASCAR community for allowing me to be part of the family. I want to thank our sponsors and our fans for all the support through the years. But most of all, I want to thank the employees of Viva Motorsports , both past and present, for making this team the best it could be." All the team assets have been purchased and the No. 55 car will appear in a handful of races in the 2015 season, according to the release. This season, Earnhardt (six races), Dick (five races) and Brandon Gdovic (two races) split driving duties in the No. 55 car. Dick missed some time after being diagnosed with new onset diabetes after the Phoenix race in March. The team's best result in 13 races this season was a 12th-place showing by Earnhardt at Talladega in May. A few weeks ago, Dick sat down with NASCAR.com's Pat DeCola at the team's shop in China Grove, North Carolina, to discuss the challenges of running a single-car team. "I do (have a single-car team, "us against the world" mentality). I don’t try to make it a point to spread that opinion throughout our employees and everyone else, but I certainly have that opinion," Dick said. "Because of that mentality, I'm glad we do our own single-car team. Not that we want to be a single-car team, I just mean that we’re independent and we own it and we do it." Dick also reflected on where his own driving career was heading. The 26-year-old has made 60 XFINITY Series starts and 14 Camping World Truck Series starts in his career. "The trajectory and the path of the mountain of my driving career and Viva Motorsports have already started to split and have more and more over the past year or two. I think they'll continue to split more. I don't think that my driving career will blossom into something greater than it is right now. I still like driving and I want to be the best race car driver I can be, but I don’t foresee any opportunities coming along to advance my driving career beyond what it is now, which I'm perfectly OK with. I'm happy with where I am and where I've made it." The Albuquerque, New Mexico native had big hopes for the organization, telling NASCAR.com in May that he would love to work his way into the Sprint Cup Series one day. "The potential for Viva Motorsports to grow with other drivers and other partners and other sponsors, the sky is the limit," Dick said last month. "I'd still love to venture into the Cup Series if the right opportunity presented itself, but I realize how difficult it is and I don't want to go in there with a half-hearted effort. I want the right opportunity to do it right way. That probably will never mean the 'right way' compared to Joe Gibbs or Rick Hendrick , but at least the right way as something that we can be proud of." And those hopes extended to the team's XFINITY efforts. "I hope in three to five years we're no longer a single-car team. I hope we're a two or three car XFINITY car team competing for better finishes, top-10 finishes, and continue to present ourselves professionally like we do now." ---NASCAR.com's Pat DeCola contributed to this report. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Addington: 'One day we want to have two championship-caliber teams' Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge The addition of a second team at HScott Motorsports should benefit the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series organization in the long run. But it has to survive the short term first. "The Daytona deal is not hurting us a bit," said Steve Addington, competition director for the Spartanburg, South Carolina-based team. "That West Coast swing will be our biggest hurdle just as far as parts and pieces.” Addington, who also serves as crew chief for Sprint Cup sophomore Justin Allgaier, said the group planned to field two entries for this month's Daytona 500, before expansion resulted in the addition of a second full-time team with driver Michael Annett. But after the season-opening race, and a quick trip to Atlanta, the Sprint Cup Series swings west for three consecutive stops -- at Las Vegas, Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway. "We're getting there; the cars are going together pretty quickly. Everybody in the shop has pulled together and we're just making it happen," Addington said. Allgaier, 28, finished 29th in the group's first full-time foray into Sprint Cup competition, with three top-20s, including two top-15s, in the final five races of the 2014 season. Annett, meanwhile, finished 33rd in the final standings while competing for Tommy Baldwin Racing with a best result of 16th at Talladega. At HSM, he will field the No. 46 Chevrolet and be paired with veteran crew chief Jay Guy. Addington has been around the block, having won races with Kyle Busch (12), Kurt Busch (4) and Tony Stewart (4) before landing at HScott. A technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports , and for 2015 Stewart-Haas Racing as well, provides the team with parts and pieces, the chassis and bodywork. Even information from simulation programs will be available. What was missing, Addington said, was the race-weekend feedback necessary when teams are in scramble mode to make changes to their cars in an attempt to dial in speed and fine-tune the handling. "We didn't have the open database with them, so going through practice and things like that, post-practice was kind of tough being a single-car team not having any additional information coming in -- just from a tuning standpoint, what the drivers are feeling to be able to have that quick information coming to you," he said. "We would get it eventually … but it was 'OK second practice starts in an hour,' we just didn't have anybody to lean on. "I think with having two cars, to have a post-practice debrief at one of the trucks to go over … Justin to have somebody to lean on or talk to about what he's feeling in the car really quick is going to be huge for us." Scott, who began his ownership tenure in the sport in 2011, said while the timing for expansion wasn't ideal, "you don’t really get to pick when an opportunity walks through the door. "Just having two teams isn’t where we want to be," he said. "We want to have two competitive teams. One day we want to have two championship-caliber teams. It's kind of a step in the road." Addington admits the team struggled last season, but believes there was progress as the series began making trips back to tracks for the second time. Part of it was Allgaier's comfort level; part of it was simply catching up after starting from scratch. Few teams catch lightning in a bottle. SHR's Kevin Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers did, making the move during the offseason of 2013 and winding up with their first Sprint Cup championship. "But they have a lot of years in the business," Addington said. "With Justin being a rookie, it was a learning process for him. "The second half of the season I felt we made huge improvements. That comes from better preparation; that comes from having better parts and pieces than what we started the season with; the cars got a lot better. A lot of stuff evolved from the first of the year. We didn't have a single car in the shop when I took the job; we wiped the plate clean and started from the ground up. "We made huge improvements for such a small group and I'm really proud of everyone." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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