(Johnson goes to this weekend's race in Phoenix with a -23 point total in the Sprint Cup standings)
NASCAR has suspended Jimmie Johnson's crew chief Chad Knaus six races as part of penalties levied to the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team as a result of rules infractions found at Daytona 500 pre-inspection.
Additionally, Johnson was docked 25 driver points and the team 25 owner points while Knaus was fined $100,000.
Because of his 42nd-place finish in Daytona, Johnson now goes to Phoenix this weekend with negative 23 points.
NASCAR confiscated illegal C-Posts found on the Lowe's Chevrolet during the Feb. 17 inspection.
Johnson and car chief Ron Malec were placed on probation until May 9.
Hendrick Motorsports announced it would appeal the penalty imemdiately.
"Our organization respects NASCAR and the way the sanctioning body governs our sport,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “In this case, though, the system broke down, and we will voice our concerns through the appeal process.”
NASCAR has agreed to defer the suspensions until after the appeal process.
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