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ThorSport wins appeal of Darlington disqualification; Crafton’s top-five finish restored

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel rescinded a race disqualification penalty in a hearing Thursday for the No. 88 ThorSport Racing team, restoring a fifth-place finish for driver Matt Crafton in last weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway.

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Crafton and the No. 88 team were initially stripped of the top-five result in Friday’s Dead On Tools 200 for violating Section 14.17.3.2.1.2.A of the NASCAR Rule Book — Post-Qualifying and Post-Race Front Body Inspection Heights. Race officials indicated that the No. 88 truck was found to be too low in the front, and Crafton was moved to last place in the 36-truck field.

After hearing Thursday’s testimony, however, the three-member panel ruled “that the Appellants did not violate the Rule(s) set forth in the Penalty Notice,” opting to rescind the original penalty.

The panel’s decision is considered final. The three panel members who heard the appeal were Tom DeLoach, Dixon Johnston and Hunter Nickell.