National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement

(Oct. 14, 2015)

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a P2 penalty issued on Sept. 23 to J.D. Gibbs (owner) and Chris Gayle (crew chief) relative to NASCAR XFINITY Series vehicle #54 at Chicagoland Speedway.

The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book: Sections 12.1;;;;

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The original penalty assessed included a $12,500 fine and NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 to Gayle and loss of 10 series championship car owner points to Gibbs.

Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:

  1. That the Appellants violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice as a P2 Penalty.
  2. That due to part failure, the Panel amends the Penalty to:
  3. Loss of 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship car owner points for car owner J.D. Gibbs
  4. $8,500 fine for crew chief Chris Gayle


The panel consisted of the following three individuals:
Ms. Cathy Rice
Mr. Lake Speed
Mr. Kevin Whitaker

The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book.

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