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Corrie Stott Racing wins partial appeal, R3 Motorsports loses appeal

The Corrie Stott Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series won a partial victory and the R3 Motorsports team lost its appeal as the teams appeared before the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel on Wednesday.

The Stott team saw its fine of $10,000 reduced to $5,000 for its violation of "improperly attached weight" found during a practice session at Kentucky Speedway on July 7.

R3's penalty for an unapproved intake manifold, however, was upheld.

The Stott team was appealing the severity of the fine and not the probation imposed on crew chief Corrie E. Stott.

"Based on the facts and circumstances in this appeal, the Panel deemed the fine amount should be reduced from $10,000 to $5,000," the Panel said in a statement. 

Panel members Dale Pinilis, Russell Hackett, Kevin Whitaker and Appellate Administrator and non-voting member Ed Bennett heard the Stott appeal.

The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer. 

R3 also argued against the severity of the $5,000 levied against the team for the unapproved manifold discovered during opening-day inspection at Kentucky on July 7. Crew chief Walter Giles was also placed on probation.

The  team said the manifold in question was legal in 2010 but acknowledged it wasn't according to the 2011 rule book.

"Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel was to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR," the appeals Panel said. 

PinilisHackettWhitaker and Bennett also heard R3's appeal.

R3 can appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.