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.