Furniture Row Racing Drops Atlanta Penalty Appeal

by March 8, 2016

Furniture Row Racing has announced that they have dropped the appeal of the P3 penalty NASCAR assessed the team following Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

The team was found to have violated various sections of the NASCAR Rulebook during pre-race inspection for last week’s 325-lap race with penalties announced days after the Atlanta race weekend.

As a result of the penalties, crew chief Cole Pearn was to be suspended for this past race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, fined $50,000 and be placed on NASCAR probation through the end of the year.

Driver Martin Truex Jr. and team owner Barney Visser were also to be docked 10 championship points from the drivers and owners standings.

Following the announcement of the penalties, Furniture Row announced that they were to appeal the penalties, thus delaying Pearn’s suspension and further punishments past¬†Sunday’s Kobalt 400.

With Furniture Row Racing now accepting the penalties, Pearn will be suspended for this upcoming weekend’s Good Sam 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway.

In his place atop the pit box will be Todd Berrier, who served as Truex Jr’s crew chief for the full 2014 season and moved to the position of Director of Fabrication at Joe Gibbs Racing, now a Furniture Row affiliate.

Being able to secure the services of Todd for Phoenix was an incredible and selfless gesture by Joe Gibbs Racing,” Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing, said. “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.”

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