Mike Harmon issues statement following the ruling
On November 22 NASCAR handed a penalty to Mike Harmon and Ryan Bell. They were found in violation of section 5.1.a.c.d of the rule book regarding vehicle testing.
NASCAR handed a 75 point penalty to Mike Harmon which is applied to the 2022 season. Additionally, crew chief Ryan Bell was fined $50,000.
It’s worth noting that Rockingham Speedway recently came into money from the state budget of North Carolina. The track is set to repaved with the future heading toward a return for NASCAR events.
The team appealed the L2 level penalty. On Wednesday, the appeals panel looked over their case.
They have come to the following conclusions:
1. That the Appellants violated the Rule(s) set forth in the Penalty Notice.
2. That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR with the modification that the monetary fine of $50,000 is levied against Team Owner, Mike Harmon and removed from Crew Chief, Ryan Bell.
The Appeals Panel members for hearing:
Mr. Tom DeLoach
Mr. Dickie Gore
Mr. Dale Pinilis
The team had the option to appeal once more, sending the hearing to the final appeals officer. It appeared they would not be challenging.
Mike Harmon Racing tweeted, “Unfortunately we lost the appeal today with NASCAR. We appreciate all the support you have given us.”
Mike Harmon issues statement
However, following a statement from Mike Harmon it appears the team will continue to fight the ruling:
“Today, the National Motorsports Review Board voted to uphold the penalty imposed by NASCAR, on November 22, 2021, regarding alleged testing, that occurred at a charity fundraiser at the Rockingham Speedway,” Harmon opened.
“NASCAR imposed a $50,000 fine, 75 point penalty and 6 race suspension for crew chief Ryan Bell.”
“I want to reiterate that there was no testing being done, not a bit. We are disappointed with this outcome and ruling today, we will be challenging this ruling in the near future.”
“We presented a solid case and are confident that we proved that there was no testing being done. This was not done in any way to circumvent the rules set fourth by NASCAR, it was a charity event that benefited “Smiling While Sending Hope” as we at MHR do a lot for charities.”
“We will move forward and prepare for the 2022 season beginning in Daytona. We want to thank our partners, loyal fans and everyone who supports MHR.”
Harmon added, “We look forward to seeing you all at the track soon. May you and your families have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”