On Saturday afternoon, Kurt Busch appealed his indefinite suspension to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel. Busch’s appeal was denied by the panel.
“Upon hearing the testimony, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel decided that the Appellant violated the rules set forth in the penalty notice,” the NASCAR statement read. “The Panel therefore decided to uphold the original penalty assessed by NASCAR.”
The panel consisted of the following three individuals:
- Mr. Paul Brooks
- Ms. Lyn St. James
- Mr. Kevin Whitaker
Kurt Busch has the right to appeal the decision to the Final Appeals Officer, Mr. Bryan Moss and has announced that he will do so. That appeal will be held later today at the International Motorsports Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.
“We are very disappointed that our appeal was rejected by NASCAR’s appeal panel. We are re-appealing immediately,” Rusty Hardin, the attorney for Kurt Busch, said, “We are confident that Kurt will be vindicated and he will be back racing.”