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  • Ryan Newman's tire penalty upheld on second appeal

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles6 hrs ago

    The tire penalty given to Ryan Newman's No. 31 team after California stands on final appeal.

    Final appeals officer Bryan Moss upheld the penalties assessed to the team after the first appeal based on a "preponderance of evidence." While the original penalties were decreased after the initial appeal, Richard Childress Racing elected to take its case to Moss in the hopes of getting them decreased further.

    The team was penalized for manipulating the tires during the race at Auto Club Speedway. According to NASCAR, the team made a modification to release pressure from the tire outside of legal means. Before Newman's penalty, there was talk in the garage that teams were poking holes in tires to bleed air pressure throughout the length of a tire run. As tires get hotter, air pressure builds and a tire with lower air pressure is faster.

    Newman will lose 50 points while crew chief Luke Lambert, tire tech James Bender and engineer Philip Surgen are suspended for six races. They did not start serving their suspensions through the appeals process and are now eligible to return at Daytona in July.

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  • Kahne, Harvick, Patrick caught up in early 15-car Talladega wreck

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles3 days ago

    TALLADEGA, Ala. - It's always a matter of When, not If, when you're talking wrecking at Talladega. On Sunday afternoon at the Geico 500, "When" came around at lap 47.

    Trevor Bayne lost control of his No. 6 Advocare Ford and set off a wreck that involved more than a third of the cars in the field. Of the 15 drivers in the wreck, several, including David Ragan and Landon Cassill, Kyle Larson, Greg Biffle, and Bayne, weren't able to return to the track.

    The wreck happened when Bayne began to spin without contact. "It felt like the 27 (Paul Menard) was really tight on our door and sucked us around," Bayne said afterward. "The air is so sensitive here ... When you get to close to somebody it can just pull you right around, and it's as much as hitting somebody physically when you get down on their door that tight."

    The wreck resulted in an 11-minute red flag for the race, followed by four laps of caution. The wreck heavily damaged Kasey Kahne; to a lesser degree, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano, among others, also suffered damage. Kyle Larson was forced to sit by and watch as his car underwent repairs:

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