Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman talks with his crew in the garage after practice at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain delayed the practice and qualifying for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Steve Helber
April 02, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Richard Childress Racing has appealed the penalties NASCAR levied against Ryan Newman's team for allegedly manipulating tires.

NASCAR this week said tires taken from Newman after the March 22 race in California failed an independent inspection and had been altered to intentionally release air pressure during the race.

Crew chief Luke Lambert was fined $125,000 and suspended for the next six races. The suspension also includes the All-Star race in May. Lambert was also placed on probation through the end of the year.

Tire technician James Bender and engineer Philip Surgen also were suspended six races and placed on probation through Dec. 31.

Newman and car owner Childress were docked 75 points each.

No date for the appeal was set Thursday.

NASCAR said RCR requested to have all the penalties deferred while the appeal takes place. The sanctioning body granted the deferral for the suspensions and fines, but did not reinstate the points for Newman and Childress.

NASCAR said the points would be reinstated if RCR wins the appeal.

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