NASCAR docks driver, suspends crew chief

Johnson loses 25 points, Knaus suspended for six races

Published On: Mar 01 2012 04:46:35 AM EST   Updated On: Mar 01 2012 10:04:46 AM EST
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NASCAR came down hard on five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus stemming from a failed inspection at the Daytona 500.

Knaus were suspended for six races and fined $100,000 while Johnson was slapped with a 25-point penalty.

Car chief Ron Malec also was suspended six races by NASCAR as a result of modifications found on the rear quarter panel of Johnson's No. 48 car on Feb. 17.

Hendrick Motorsports will appeal the penalties, allowing Knaus and Malec to continue in their roles until the appeal is settled.

"Our organization respects NASCAR and the way the sanctioning body governs our sport," car owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement. "In this case, though, the system broke down, and we will voice our concerns through the appeal process."

Johnson crashed two laps into Monday's Daytona 500 and secured only two points. The penalty dropped him to last in the driver standings with ninus-23 points.

Knaus has already been suspended twice by NASCAR, including a four-race penalty following qualifying at Daytona in 2006.