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Mike Helton defends appeals process

Updated: March 23, 2012, 7:25 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

FONTANA, Calif. -- NASCAR president Mike Helton said he believes in the sport's rules inspectors and the overall appeals process, despite the decision Tuesday that overturned most of the penalties imposed on Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet from a body-alignment issue at Daytona last month.

"We think the decision made this week supports the inspection process with the elements of the penalty that were upheld," Helton said Friday at Auto Club Speedway. "It indicates they did their job correctly."

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