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Penalties upheld against JTG Daugherty #47 team

NASCAR will suspend a crew chief if five lug nuts aren't tight on every wheel. Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Original post: 3-16-2017: ESPN's Bob Pockrass tweeted that JTG Daugherty Racing would appeal the points part of the penalty assessed the team last week for loose/missing lugnuts:

UPDATE: The National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld penalties against the #47 JTG Daugherty Racing team that competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following a hearing Wednesday at NASCAR's Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C.

JTG officials appealed L1-level penalties levied against the team, driver AJ Allmendinger and crew chief Randall Burnett following the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The penalties were the result of three unsecured lug nuts on the No. 47 Chevrolet found during post-race inspection and resulted in a loss of 35 championship driver and owner points and a $65,000 fine and three-race suspension for Burnett.

The points loss dropped Allmendinger, who finished 26th at Atlanta, from 11th to 35th in the standings. Following last weekend's Phoenix race, he is now 31st in standings.

-- NASCAR.com --