An appeals committee has lifted the suspensions of NASCAR crew chiefs for Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, who were both accused of cheating following a race in Las Vegas.
The National Stock Car Racing Commission rescinded the two-race suspensions NASCAR had levied against Chad Knaus and Alan Gustafson, and instead placed both on 90 days probation.
George Silbermann, chairman of the three-man appeals committee, noted that the decision was by majority vote and was not unanimous.
NASCAR stiffened its penalty process after the March 13 race in Las Vegas, when Johnson's race-winning car and Busch's second-place car both failed inspection. Johnson's was too high and Busch's was too low.
Car owner Rick Hendrick continues to maintain that neither Knaus or Gustafson were cheating, and that the cars failed the post-race inspections because of mechanical issues that developed over the 400-mile race.
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