DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A National Stock Car Racing Commission panel on Wednesday unanimously upheld the two-race suspension and other penalties handed down by NASCAR to Todd Berrier, Kevin Harvick’s crew chief.

Berrier was banished from Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 1, the day before the Nextel Cup race, after NASCAR inspectors found several technical violations in the trunk area of the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

The crew chief was suspended for two weeks, fined $10,000 and place on probation through Dec. 31, but the penalties were deferred until Berrier’s appeal could be heard by the three-man panel.

In its statement upholding the penalties, the commission said, “Taken individually, each of the components that failed to conform to the rules had plausible explanations, but taken collectively, constituted a serious violation of the rules.”

Berrier will miss this Sunday’s race at Martinsville, Va., and the Oct. 30 event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He will be allowed to return for the Nov. 6 race at Texas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR views Berrier as a repeat offender. He was suspended for four races earlier this year when Harvick’s fuel tank was found to be rigged in Las Vegas.


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