A penalty against Hendrick Motorsports has been removed after an appeal made by the team. Incidentally, there was a grey area regarding the penalty since two warnings were required for a penalty and one of them was on an unclear basis. A panel of three officials decided against holding the penalty which would have resulted in Johnson having the last say in the pit selection process irrespective of where he stands at the qualifying table. Jimmie Jonson has won the Sprint Cup six times.
The first penalty was imposed after there was evidence that the side skirts of the car had been meddled with during the Coca-Cola 600 pre-qualifier. Johnson would certainly be thrilled by the news as he has iterated about a hopeful scenario where the penalty would be removed. He stated that the appeal was made in the first place only because it was certainly not a penalty that was clearly awarded.
While this penalty has been removed, Johnson and his team are not new to foul play as they may be facing another penalty for failing a prior inspection multiple times a couple of weeks ago for the race at the Pocono Raceway.