FRM drops L2 penalty appeal and hires Chris Yerges as interim team manager

Front Row Motorsports has chosen to drop its appeal of penalties imposed on the organization following the July 24 NASCAR Cup Series event at Pocono. Chris Yerges will serve as interim crew chief on the #34 Ford Mustang for Michael McDowell. PC: Jasen Vinlove | NCP

Front Row Motorsports has elected to drop the appeal on an L-2 penalty that was assessed to Michael McDowell’s No. 34 Ford Mustang following the July 24 event at Pocono Raceway, the team announced. . in a report tuesday.

“After further evaluating the penalties imposed on its No. 34 NASCAR Cup Series team, Front Row Motorsports has advised NASCAR that it will drop its appeal and accept the penalty. The team has made internal changes to their build practices to ensure the issues leading to the penalties won’t reoccur in the future.

The penalty against McDowell and Front Row Motorsports came after it was discovered at the NASCAR R&D Center that the organization had modified a single-sourced part.

As a result, McDowell and #34 Front Row Motorsports earned 100 Driver and Owner points and 10 Playoff points. Additionally, Blake Harris – crew chief on the #34 Ford Mustang – was fined $100,000 and suspended for the next four NASCAR Cup Series events.

Chris Yerges, chief engineer for the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports team, will serve as interim crew chief for Michael McDowell’s entry starting this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

McDowell is riding a two-straight top-10 streak after an eighth-place finish on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

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