JR Motorsports wins appeal; No. 9 team’s penalty rescinded

JR Motorsports did not break the guideline NASCAR pointed out at Darlington and Noah Gragson‘s car should not have been disqualified, the Final Appeal Officer ruled Wednesday, rescinding the penalties NASCAR imposed on the team.

NASCAR cannot appeal the decision.

The result is that Gragson will be restored to his fourth-place finish, collects the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus and will be eligible for the bonus in Saturday’s Xfinity Series at Dover International Speedway. Likewise choosing the benefit will be Gragson’s JR Motorsports colleagues Justin Allgaier and Josh Berry and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones.

The Final Appeal Officer, Roger Werner, did not explain how he determined that no violation was committed.

NASCAR penalized the team after Gragson’s car failed post-race inspection.

NASCAR stated that Gragson’s car was disqualified after failing Rule 20.14.c in the Xfinity Series Rule Book:

The rule states: “All suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension and/or drivetrain component beyond normal rotation or suspension and/or drivetrain travel.”

NASCAR awarded the $100,000 Dash for Cash benefit to AJ Allmendinger after Gragson’s penalty and upon Allmendinger’s car passing post-race inspection. Allmendinger was the next eligible driver for the bonus. He finished 12th. NASCAR’s penalty dropped Gragson to last in the 40-car field.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.