CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Chad Knaus has a decent shot of having his penalties reduced when he appears before NASCAR's chief appellate officer.
Since taking over the job at the start of the 2010 season, John Middlebrook has reduced the penalties in some form in all three of the appeals he's heard.
Knaus on Tuesday lost his bid before a three-member appeals panel to have his six-race suspension overturned. He was also fined $100,000, and five-time champion Jimmie Johnson was docked 25 points. The penalties were levied after the car Knaus presented on opening day of the Daytona 500 failed inspection.
Knaus can work this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway while he awaits a hearing before Middlebrook.
The former General Motors executive is paid $1-a-year by NASCAR to serve as the chief appellate officer.

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