By AMANDA VINCENT
Earlier this week, the No. 48 Chevrolet team of Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, along with the No. 51 Chevrolet team of driver Justin Allgaier and HScott Motorsprots at the Cup level, were penalized by NASCAR for written warnings received during two-consecutive race weekends. The penalty was last pit selection, regardless of qualifying results.
The Sprint Cup Series is at Dover (Del.) International Speedway this weekend for Sunday’s running of the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. Dover is a track with a reputation that places importance on qualifying and pit selection.
Hendrick Motorsports announced on Thursday that it would appeal the penalty. The move to appeal delays the penalty; therefdore, the No. 48 team will get to make its pit selection based on where the No. 48 and Johnson qualify. The No. 51 team hasn’t made a public announcement regarding a decision to appeal or not to appeal.
Pit selection will be made after qualifying on Friday. Qualifying is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. ET. Teams will select their pit stalls in the order in which they qualify; for example, the pole winner will select first and so on and so forth.
The next two races on the Sprint Cup schedule following Sunday’s Dover race are June 7 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., and Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, two tracks where pit selection is not considered to be as important.
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