Hendrick Motorsports announced Monday that it will not appeal the penalties issued to the No. 24 and 48 teams for an infraction discovered after the April 2 race at Richmond Raceway.

Hendrick Motorsports stated: “Because we will be best served by devoting our time and resources to competing each weekend, our team will not pursue an appeal of the penalties issued on April 6. The area of the race cars NASCAR focused on is not related to our performance on the track.”

NASCAR took the cars of William Byron and Alex Bowman to the R&D Center for further evaluation after that event. NASCAR announced April 6 that both drivers had been penalized 60 points and five playoff points each and their interim crew chiefs were each suspended two races and fined $75,000.

NASCAR cited both Hendrick cars for violating the following sections:

Section 14.1.D: Except in cases explicitly permitted in the NASCAR Rules, installation of additional components, repairs, deletions, and/or modifications to Next Gen Single Source Vendor-supplied parts and/or assemblies will not be permitted.

Section 14.1.2.B: All parts and assemblies must comply with the NASCAR Engineering Change Log.

Section 14.5.6.B: The greenhouse may be modified to accommodate a windshield wiper motor where required; these modifications will be permitted for all racetracks. The greenhouse modification must conform to the following drawing.

Byron expressed his displeasure with being penalized a second time this season, telling reporters this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway that “I’m not very happy.”


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