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FRM Drops L2 Penalty Appeal, Chris Yerges In As Crew Chief

Michael McDowell‘s No. 34 Front Row Motorsports team has dropped its appeal to a L2 penalty it received one week ago after Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series, the team announced Aug. 1.

“The team has made internal changes in its build practices to ensure the issues the leading to the penalties will not happen again in the future,” an FRM spokesperson said in a team release.

The infraction, which was the result of a modification made to a single source part, will result in the loss of 100 Cup driver and owner points and a monetary fine of $100,000 to crew chief Blake Harris. Should the team qualify for the playoffs, it will also result in the loss of 10 playoff points.

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Harris has also been suspended for the next four events. Lead team engineer Chris Yerges will serve as the acting crew chief in Harris’ stead.

McDowell is fresh off of his ninth top 10 of 2022 after finishing eighth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The Arizonian has also earned one top five so far this year and sits 26th in the series standings, 295 points behind the playoff cut line.

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Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021 after a staff writing position with IMSA. A race fan since he was three years old, he began freelance writing in 2018 and graduated with a B.S. in Communications from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

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