Furniture Row withdraws appeal, Truex crew chief to serve suspension

In a release from Furniture Row Racing today, the team announced that they will not appeal the penalties assessed to the No. 78 after the Atlanta race, withdrawing their appeal.

The organization was hit with a P3 penalty after a roof flap violation was found during pre-race inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

This came just one week after crew chief Cole Pearn was placed on probation for another roof flap violation, found during qualifying for the Daytona 500. The team asserts that the Atlanta infraction was a safety issue and didn't give them any competitive advantage.

The penalty

The No. 78 was hit with a P3 level penalty that included a one-race suspension of Pearn, a $50,000 fine and the deduction of 15 driver and championship points. Since they initially opted to appeal, the suspension was deferred until after the Las Vegas race weekend, which included a crucial test. 

"Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing, has informed NASCAR it has withdrawn the appeal for a pre-race infraction at Atlanta Motor Speedway," a release from FRR read. "Garone, who met with NASCAR officials, said he was satisfied with the clarification of the penalty and was appreciative of the sanctioning body's cooperation on this matter."

Berrier named interim crew chief

Will Pearn sits out this Sunday's event at Phoenix International Raceway, Todd Berrier will serve as the interim crew chief.

The veteran crew chief sat atop the pit box for the No. 78 from 2012 to 2014 and has since taken a managerial role as the director of fabrication at Joe Gibbs Racing -- JGR and FRR recently formed a technical alliance.

“Being able to secure the services of Todd for Phoenix was an incredible and selfless gesture by Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Garone. “We are very proud to have a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and are deeply grateful for its quick response to offer assistance. I also want to thank Todd. He has plenty on his plate and to go the extra mile to help us out is appreciated by everyone at Furniture Row Racing.

"I don't see this being anymore than a seamless transition of Todd taking over the crew chief role for one race," added Garone. "Todd knows our system very well. He has worked with Martin, Cole, the majority of our crew and Toyota.”

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Martin Truex Jr.
Teams Furniture Row Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags cole pearn, joe garone, todd berrier