Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook lifted NASCAR’s six-race suspension against crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec, and returned 25 points to Johnson. The $100,000 fine for Knaus was upheld.
“It’s been a tough 30 days,” Knaus said. “It’s not about vindication. It’s time to move on.”
Johnson agrees with his crew chief. “I’m glad this is over, now it’s on to Cali. #6pack,” he tweeted in reference to going for his sixth championship.
NASCAR suspended Knaus and Malec after confiscating what officials deemed illegal C-posts during initial inspection for the Daytona 500. Knaus also was fined $100,000.