CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Richard Childress emerged from a two-hour hearing Tuesday before NASCAR’s chief appellate officer confident he was given a fair chance in his quest to have Clint Bowyer’s championship-ending penalty overturned.
It was a marked difference from a week ago, when the team owner was incensed by a three-member appeals panel that upheld the penalty against Richard Childress Racing.
“Whatever it is, I feel good about it,” Childress said after the two-hour hearing. “It was a very fair opportunity for us to state our case.”
NASCAR docked Bowyer 150 points because the car he drove to victory Sept. 19 at New Hampshire failed inspection. The three-member appeals committee last week upheld the penalty, and an infuriated Childress immediately appealed to NASCAR’s version of the supreme court.
It was Middlebrook’s first appeal since accepting the $1 a year position in February.
Childress last week accused the appeals panel of disregarding testimony from an accident reconstruction expert the owner hired to prove that Bowyer’s car could have been damaged when a tow truck pushed it to Victory Lane. Although Dr. Charles Manning was again on site at NASCAR’s research and development center, Middlebrook did not call him to testify.
Instead, Childress and Sprint Cup Series director John Darby went before Middlebrook at the same time and presented their cases. During last week’s appeal, each side went individually and was not in the room to hear the testimony.
“I think today’s procedure, if done similar to the other appeal, we wouldn’t be here today,” he said.
Regardless of the verdict, Childress said he was ready to move on and urged NASCAR fans to put the two-week saga behind them to focus on the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Childress still has two cars in contention: Kevin Harvick, who is ranked third in the standings, and Jeff Burton, who is ranked ninth.
“Let’s go racing,” he said. “We’ve got some of the greatest racing coming up, the tightest Chase. We’ve got two cars sitting there now with the opportunity to win, and we’ve been focused. We want to get back to racing for the championship.View Entire Story
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