Jimmie Johnson gets 25 points back

Updated: March 21, 2012, 12:35 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rick Hendrick recorded a major victory on Tuesday as the majority of the penalties against Jimmie Johnson's racing team for violations discovered prior to the Daytona 500 were overturned.

Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook lifted NASCAR's six-race suspension against crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec, and returned 25 points to Johnson. The $100,000 fine for Knaus was upheld.

"It's been a tough 30 days," Knaus said. "It's not about vindication. ...

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