Clint Bowyer's crew chief awaits appeal

DOVER, Del. -- Shane Wilson will remain Clint Bowyer's crew chief "for as long as he can,'' a Richard Childress Racing official said Friday at Dover.

Wilson was suspended for six weeks and fined $150,000, and Bowyer was fined 150 points after NASCAR ruled the car that won last Sunday's Chase opener at New Hampshire did not meet specifications.

Team owner Richard Childress announced he plans to appeal the decision, which means Wilson can remain the crew chief until the appeal is heard.

NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton expects an appeal to be heard next week.

"It's pretty disappointing," said Wilson, who is under orders from the team not to discuss details with the appeal pending. "It's been a lot of highs and lows for our company."

Childress claimed the illegal tolerance -- the car was too high in the back -- was the result of Bowyer's car being pushed by a wrecker after it ran out of gas following the wreck and possibly from contact during the race.

"We all try to have [the cars] right because you know you're going to go through that," Wilson said. "They're taking such small measurements nowadays.

"They do what they think is right for fair competition."

With the penalty Bowyer slipped from second in points to 12th, 185 behind leader Denny Hamlin headed into Sunday's race at Dover.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.