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Johnson penalised for illegal bodywork

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.




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The #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson [Photo Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR]
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#48 driver Jimmie Johnson and his crew chief Chad Knaus at Pocono Raceway. [Photo Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images]
Crew chief Chad Knaus reacts as crew members work on the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson after NASCAR confiscated C-posts due to a modification violation in an initial inspection at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Crew members work on the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson after NASCAR confiscated C-posts due to a modification violation in an initial inspection at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, races to a fourth place finish Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Superman Chevrolet SS, races to his 77th career victory, Sunday, March 20, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Garry Eller for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Superman Chevrolet SS, celebrates his 77th career win with a victory lap and checkered flag, Sunday, March 20, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Garry Eller for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Superman Chevrolet SS, celebrates his 77th career victory Sunday, March 20, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Gregg Ellman for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Superman Chevrolet SS, celebrates his 77th career victory with a wave of the chequered flag Sunday, March 20, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Garry Eller for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Superman Chevrolet SS, celebrates his 77th career victory, Sunday, March 20, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Superman Chevrolet SS, celebrates his 77th career victory, Sunday, March 20, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s / Superman Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s / Superman Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s / Superman Chevrolet, celebrates after taking the chequered flag during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s / Superman Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

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