Penske’s team makes appeals on 12th suspensions

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Ryan Blaney will have his own boss and full crew at Texas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR officials announced on September 20 that the 12th seed would lose crew chief Jonathan Hasler and rear tire changers Zachary Price and Jackman Graham Stoddard for four races. Now the team has decided to appeal.

Bob Bokras of FOX Sports gave the update On September 23. He said Team Penske will appeal the decision, which means the entire 12th team will be on hand for the trip to Texas Motor Speedway. The suspensions will remain pending until Penske’s team meets with the Appeals Committee.

The four-race suspension systems stem from a missing wheel on Bristol Motor Speedway, which was a violation of Section 10.5.2.6.D in the NASCAR Cup Series rulebook — missing or detaching an improperly fitted tire/wheel from the vehicle.

Player #12 to Ryan Blaney lost his left rear wheel during a stop on lap 93. It rolled down a pit road and stopped at Austin Dillon’s Team #3 booth.


Penske’s team is unlikely to win this appeal

Ryan Blaney

GTRyan Blaney won the All-Star race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Previous teams that resumed the suspension of the four races were unsuccessful. Joe Gibbs Racing and Kaulig Racing are just two examples, so why would Team Penske follow with an allure of its own?

There are two reasons. First, the team believes it has a legitimate chance of winning. The second, and more likely, is that there will be an immediate benefit to an appeal decision.

When the NASCAR team is notified that it will appeal, the suspension is suspended. The crew chief and crew members can go to the track and fill their regular roles. This is very important for the trip to Texas Motor Speedway considering that this opening race is Blaney’s best chance of winning and reaching the quarter-finals.

Blaney is the only driver to win at Texas Motor Speedway in the Next Generation Era. He won the All-Star race in May after a late warning caused by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hitting a wall.

Even if the appeal fails or the team decides not to pursue the appeal, Blaney will still have his best team on the trip to Texas. This would be even more important than racing at the Talladega Superspeedway considering he could get stuck in random wrecks.


Blaney has strong odds of heading to Texas Motor Speedway

Ryan Blaney

GTRyan Blaney arrives at the All-Star Race.

The #12 Ford Mustang driver is still winless in points-push races in 2022. He will have a solid chance at Texas Motor Speedway based on his victory in the All-Star Race and four consecutive top-10 places in points-push events.

Blaney enters the weekend with solid odds of winning, per BetMGM. He sits 10-1, which puts him in seventh place among the Cup Series drivers. Denny Hamlin leads the list 6-1 while Kyle Larson leads 7-1. Chase Elliott (8-1), Christopher Bell (8-1), Ross Chastain (9-1) and Kyle Busch (9-1) are ahead of him.

Whether or not Blaney wins, he will have a chance to gain some ground during the trip to Texas Motor Speedway. He can secure some crucial points, which can help him go from the final turning point and only four points from good to a much stronger position.

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