As Richard Childress Racing appeals the NASCAR penalty on Clint Bowyer's team, the No. 33's crew chief Shane Wilson indicated first thing Thursday morning that he'll remain on the team's pit box.
Wilson, one of the few NASCAR crew chiefs on Twitter, tweeted:
@cupcrewchief: Dover, here I come.
On Wednesday evening, Childress released a statement saying he planned to appeal the penalty – while apologizing to his team's sponsors and fans at the same time.
Childress said NASCAR had informed the team that due to a close inspection after Richmond, it would take the No. 33 car after New Hampshire regardless of finishing position.
"It doesn't make any sense at all that we would send a car to New Hampshire that wasn't within NASCAR's tolerances," Childress said. "I am confident we fixed the area of concern and the New Hampshire car left the race shop well within the tolerances required by NASCAR."
Obviously, NASCAR didn't feel that way. Childress said the team was over the line by 1/16 of an inch – which the team owner attributed to contact from either other cars on the track or the tow truck that pushed Bowyer's car to Victory Lane after he ran out of gas.
"That's the only logical way that the left-rear of the car was found to be high at the tech center," he said. "We will appeal NASCAR's ruling and take it all the way to the NASCAR commissioner for a final ruling, if need be."