CUP: Hendrick Hearing Today

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Hendrick Motorsports this morning will appeal penalties levied after Jimmie Johnson’s car failed inspection prior to Daytona 500 qualifying.

The Hendrick appeal hearing begins at 9 a.m. ET at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, N.C. SPEED and will be onsite to provide updates throughout the day.

It is expected that the hearing will conclude in early afternoon.

Team crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec were suspended for six weeks after NASCAR officials said the No. 48 car’s C posts did not conform to specifications after pre-qualifying inspection in Daytona Beach last month.

Additionally, Knaus was fined $100,000, and driver Jimmie Johnson and team owners Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon were docked 25 points.

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