Richard Childress Racing lost its last bid Tuesday to overturn Clint Bowyer’s championshipending penalty.
NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook ruled Bowyer will not get back the 150 points he was docked after his winning car at New Hampshire on Sept. 19 failed inspection.
But Middlebrook did reduce two portions of NASCAR’s penalties against RCR. Crew chief Shane Wilson’s $150,000 fine was reduced to $100,000, and the six race suspensions for Wilson and car chief Chad Haney were cut to four.
“I am ruling NASCAR was correct in its decision to levy penalties,” Middlebrook said in a statement. “I believe that the revisions that have been made to the penalties are consistent and fair to both parties involved.”
It was Middlebrook’s first hearing since accepting the $1-a-year position in February. The former General Motors executive mediated during two hours of testimony between Childress and Sprint Cup Series director John Darby.
“Whatever it is, I feel good about it,” Childress said before the ruling. “It was a very fair opportunity for us to state our case.”
Darby said the ruling proved NASCAR’s inspection process is consistent, but said the sanctioning body took no pleasure in the process.
“You are never happy. Nobody wins, nobody loses here,” Darby said. “What I look at is a challenge to NASCAR’s inspection procedures and the consistency and I believe what has been shown is … the way we generally do business from the inspection side of the sport is OK.”