Roush Fenway Racing announced Wednesday it will not appeal the penalties imposed against Carl Edwards' team for having the oil tank container lid open in its No. 99 Ford in inspections following the team's victory in the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas.
"We realize in the NASCAR system of penalty administration that simple negligence, by itself, is never sufficient grounds to overturn or reduce a penalty," Roush Fenway Racing president Geoff Smith said. "Consequently, no appeal will be made."
Edwards lost 100 driver points and will not get 10 bonus points for his Las Vegas victory if he makes the Chase. Roush lost 100 car owner points. Crew chief Bob Osborne was fined $100,000 and suspended for six races.
"We have conducted a thorough internal investigation and have found no evidence whatsoever that anyone intended for the bolt/nut fastener to fail to secure the lid for the entire race," team owner Jack Roush said. Roush said his teams will now use wire to keep the lid fastened should a bolt fail again.