Knaus and Malec will continue to work on the #48 until the appeal against the penalty is heard. A previous Hendrick appeal over a penalty issued to Knaus for the car being too low at Las Vegas in 2005 was successful, but Knaus has been suspended for multiple races in 2006 and 2007 for violations.
Knaus also triggered controversy last year at Talladega when he was heard telling Johnson to "crack" the rear of the #48 in the event that they won the race apparently out of concern that it would fail post-race inspection. No penalties were applied after that, but NASCAR took an increased interest in scrutinising the #48 from then until the end of the season.
Keselowski in the clear over tweets
Meanwhile, NASCAR stated that Brad Keselowski would definitely not face any penalties for having a mobile phone with him in the car which he subsequently used for tweeting comments and pictures from the race track during the two-hour red flag delay in Monday night's race caused by Juan Montoya's unwise encounter with a jet dryer.
NASCAR rules forbid drivers having any recording or communications equipment that might allow them to bypass the official monitored team communications channels, which might have got Keselowski into trouble.
But with NASCAR promoting the use of social media engagement with fans to all teams and drivers, and with Keselowski's Twitter use during the long stoppage at Daytona a huge hit with fans online, there was clearly no interest from the sanctioning body in spoiling the fun.
"NASCAR will not penalise Brad Keselowski for his use of Twitter during Monday night's Daytona 500," read the official release. "Nothing we've seen from Keselowski violates any current rules pertaining to the use of social media during races. As such, he won't be penalised."
The official statement added: "We encourage our drivers to use social media to express themselves as long as they do so without risking their safety or that of others."
Truck Series crew member suspended
In an unrelated disciplinary matter, a crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR as a result of violations discovered at Daytona.
Keith Wolfe, crew chief on the #0 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing truck driven by Jake Crum, was said to have failed to notify NASCAR of prior felony and/or substance abuse related law violations. He was also deemed in breach of NASCAR's substance abuse policy.