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Jimmie Johnson's team hit with prolific penalties, Johnson docked 25 driver points

NASCAR has penalized Jimmie Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec for illegal modifications found on their Daytona 500 car during the first day of Daytona Speedweeks. Knaus and Malec have been suspended for six race weekends, until April 18 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 9. Additionally, NASCAR has fined Knaus $100,000. Most notably, NASCAR has docked Johnson 25 driver points, placing him 70 points behind leader Matt Kenseth to start the season. Hendrick Motorsports immediately announced it will appeal the penalty. "Our organization respects NASCAR and the way the sanctioning body governs our sport," team owner Rick Hendrick said. "In this case, though, the system broke down, and we will voice our concerns through the appeal process." Knaus and Malec will continue to attend races while the appeal is processed. This is the most prolific public penalty in the recent history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Was it too much or did Knaus' repeat offender status force the Sanctioning Body's hand?

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