By AMANDA VINCENT
Veteran crew chief Todd Parrott will assume temporary crew chief duties on Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 Sprint Cup Series team, replacing the suspended Luke Lambert.
On Wednesday, National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss made his decision regarding an appeal made by team owner Richard Childress in an attempt to lessen or eliminate NASCAR penalties stemming from tire tampering at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., in March.
Moss upheld penalties decided on by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel that included the six-race suspensions of Lambert and two other team members, a $75,000 fine and points deductions for Childress and driver Ryan Newman.
Parrott’s regular job at Richard Childress Racing is team Xfinity Series Competition Director. He has significant experience as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief. Parrott has 31-career wins as a crew chief at the Cup level and was the championship crew chief for Dale Jarrett in 1999.
Childress named Parrott as interim crew chief in place of Lambert after the decision of the Appeals panel but then a decision by the race team to make one final appeal to Moss allowed Lambert to remain atop the No. 31 pit box until the decision was made by Moss.
“We stand behind our suspended team members and look forward to their return,” Childress said in a written statement. “We will now move on and continue our goals of winning races and making the Chase for the championship.”
Parrott’s first race as the No. 31 crew chief comes Saturday night with the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway. In addition to six points-paying races, Lambert’s suspension also includes the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway later this month.
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