The powers that be at Joe Gibbs Racing have changed their minds and decided not to appeal the penalties handed to the No. 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and driver Denny Hamlin after the car failed post-race inspection at Indianapolis Motors Speedway on July 27.
On July 29, NASCAR issued penalties that included a $125,000 fine and six-race suspension for crew chief Darian Grubb, a six-race suspension for car chief Wesley Sherrill and the loss of 75 driver points for Hamlin and 75 owner points for the team.
After the penalty announcement, JGR released a statement saying that it would appeal the fine and points deductions, but Grubb and Sherrill would go ahead and begin their suspensions the following race weekend at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., which they did.
According to a report on FOXsports.com on Thursday, though, Joe Gibbs Racing spokesman Chris Helein confirmed the the team will not appeal the other penalties after all.
Beginning their suspensions last weekend at Pocono, Grubb and Sherrill will be back with the team in time for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. As a matter-of-fact, their first race back will be the first race of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sept. 14.
In the meantime, longtime JGR team engineer Mike Wheeler is serving as interim crew chief.