Knaus, Johnson Feelin' Pretty Good Right Now

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 02: Crew chief Chad Knaus of the #48 Lowe's/ Kobalt Tools Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson, looks on from the garage area prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona. NASCAR suspended Knaus for six races and fined him $100,000 for failing an inspection last week in Daytona. Knaus will continue his crew chief duties while Hendrick Motorsports appeals NASCAR's decision. An appeal date hasn't been announced. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In an interesting turn of events the penalties levied against Chad Knaus and the 48 team after the failed car inspection prior to the opening practices of the Daytona 500 were today.

That means Jimmie Johnson gets his 25 points back and is now looking at a better place in the standings than he was just 24hrs ago.

Knaus also won his suspension appeal, but remains on probation until some time in May.

What I find weird about this though is that NASCAR still gets to keep Knaus' $100K fine. No explanation was given (as of yet) as to why. Is it Chief Appellant Officer John Middlebrook's way of saying that Chad may 'technically' be within the rules but he is still coming awfully close to being on the wrong side of the NASCAR law? And he is giving a warning to Knaus and the Hendrick team. Who know for sure?

I don't know for sure, but that is what it seems like to me anyway.

So do you still think Chad is a cheater, or an innovator? I'm still going with innovator!

Leave me your comments :)

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