On Thursday Joe Gibbs Racing announced that it will not appeal the large penalties handed down to Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team stemming from the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Initially last Tuesday when the penalties were handed down by NASCAR Joe Gibbs Racing made a statement that said they would appeal the penalties.
NASCAR confiscated the block-off plates from the No. 11 car after Hamlin finished third in the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard. Hamlin was then docked 75 driver points and the team 75 owner points. Crew chief Darian Grubb was suspended six races and fined $125,000 and car chief Wesley Sherrill was also suspended six races.
"After sitting down to review everything it was determined that we should not proceed with an appeal," said Chris Helein, vice president of communications for JGR.
Grubb and Sherrill began serving their suspensions last Sunday at Pocono Raceway and will also miss the races at Watkins Glen, Michigan, Bristol. Atlanta, and Richmond before being able to return for the beginning of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland on September 14th.
Hamlin has earned his way into the Chase by winning at Talladega back in May. He is still well within the top 30 in points, at 21st, to be eligible for the Chase even after the 75 point penalty and missing the race at Auto Club Speedway due to an eye injury.
Senior Vice President of Racing Operations at Joe Gibbs Racing Jimmy Makar said the team "made a mistake." And "It wasn't (intentional), obviously but there was no reason to (appeal)."
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