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Penske Withdraws Appeal of Ryan Blaney Pit Crew Penalty

Team Penske has withdrawn its appeal of a penalty for Ryan Blaney‘s No. 12 NASCAR Cup Series team stemming from Bristol Motor Speedway, FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass tweeted Sept. 26.

It was announced on Sept. 20 that the No. 12 team was penalized for a loose wheel infraction when Blaney’s car lost a wheel on pit road at Bristol Motor Speedway. Blaney’s crew chief Jonathan Hassler, jackman Graham Stoddard and rear tire changer Zachary Price were suspended for four races.

Team Penske appealed the penalty on Sept. 23, allowing Blaney to retain his crew members this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Blaney finished fourth in the event.

Those three crew members will now serve their four-race suspensions during the races at Talladega Superspeedway, the Charlotte ROVAL, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Miles Stanley will fill in for Hassler as Blaney’s crew chief this weekend.

Blaney currently sits fifth in points with a 15-point advantage over the cut line with two races remaining in the Round of 12. He has earned nine top fives, 14 top 10s and six stage wins in 2022.

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Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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Kevin in SoCal

I wonder what changed. Did they just want those guys for Texas, or did they find something new in the video that made an appeal worthless?


It was explained to me that they just wanted them for Texas because the next two are a crapshoot. He did good and is 15 points to the good.

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