HOMESTEAD, Fla., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Roush Racing on Saturday lost its appeal to a penalty assessed to Mark Martin after the Nov. 3 NASCAR Winston Cup race at North Carolina Speedway.
The announcement was made Saturday afternoon after a three-member panel of the National Stock Car Commission heard the appeal. Roush Racing claimed that Martin should not have been docked 25 Winston Cup points because one of the springs on his Ford Taurus did not meet specifications.
The commission, headed by NASCAR's director of administration George Silbermann, stated the spring rule as written was clear that it would not overturn the penalty NASCAR originally assessed.
The denied appeal means Martin will enter Sunday's Ford 400 89 points behind Tony Stewart in the battle for the NASCAR Winston Cup championship. Stewart can wrap up the title if he finishes 22nd or higher, regardless of where Martin finishes.