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Richard Childress Racing turns to interim crew chief Todd Parrott to move past penalties

  • Craig Dalton checks tire pressures before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Craig Dalton checks tire pressures before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Driver Regan Smith (7) enters the track as another car passes during practice for a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, April 17, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Driver Regan Smith (7) enters the track as another car passes during practice for a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, April 17, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Driver Jeff Gordon makes a lap during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Driver Jeff Gordon makes a lap during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

Richard Childress Racing had the foresight to send an interim crew chief to a test session this week with Ryan Newman — a move that may pay dividends this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

RCR lost its bid to overturn penalties levied against Newman's team for allegedly manipulating tires at a race last month at California. Although an appeals panel reduced some of the sanctions, the six-week suspensions for crew chief Luke Lambert and two other team members were upheld.

Unsure if the organization will take its case to NASCAR's chief appellate officer, team owner Richard Childress sent Todd Parrott to Bristol to crew chief Newman.

Parrott attended a three-day test this week at Kentucky Speedway with the No. 31 team and got started working with Newman and the crew.