NASCAR appeals panel reduces penalty against Circle Sport Racing owner and crew chief

An appeals panel has reduced the penalty levied against Circle Sport Racing car owner Joe Falk and crew chief Slugger Labbe.

The three-person National Motorsports Appeals Panel reduced Falk's penalty from a loss of 25 points to 10, and Labbe's original $50,000 fine was cut to $20,000. Labbe's three-race suspension was upheld; the crew chief already has missed two races under the punishment.

The decision was announced on Tuesday.

The team was given a P4 penalty for an illegal rear truck trailing arm on Brian Scott's car at California last month. The panel reduced the penalty to a P2 infraction and said that some of the broken rules initially cited in the penalty "are subject to interpretation."