Jimmie Johnson, Crew Chief Score Off-the-Track Victory

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.C.) — It’s an off the track victory for the number 48 team: The chief appellate officer for NASCAR has overturned the majority of penalties levied against crew chief Chad Knaus for violations found to Jimmie Johnson’s car prior to the start of the Daytona 500.

Knaus, 40, still must pay a $100,000 fine, but he and car chief Ron Malec will not have to serve their respective six-race suspensions.

“It’s been a tough 30 days for everybody involved, all the guys on the team and at Hendrick Motorsports,” Knaus said Tuesday. “We’ve put a lot of effort into this to prove our innocence and obviously it was worthwhile.”

The number 48 team will also have its 25 points reinstated in the Sprint Cup standings.

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