NASCAR’s appeals panel has upheld the penalty for Clint Bowyer and the Richard Childress Racing team after his winning car was found to be illegal following the September 19 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire. Bowyer was docked 150 points, which dropped him from second to 12th place in the “Chase for the Cup” standings. In addition, crew chief Shane Wilson and car chief Chad Haney were each suspended for six races. The three-member appeals board heard testimony from RCR and NASCAR officials during a five-hour hearing this week. Team owner Richard Childress clearly was disappointed by the panel’s decision and said he will make his final appeal in front of NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, a long-time General Motors executive.