Spencer to miss Bristol as appeal fails

Jimmy Spencer's appeal over his one-week suspension by NASCAR - the result of his punching of Kurt Busch after Sunday's race at Michigan - was denied on Wednesday by a three-member NASCAR appeal committee

Spencer to miss Bristol as appeal fails

Ted Musgrave is likely to replace Spencer in the Winston Cup race on Saturday night. Busch, like Spencer, was also placed on probation, and owner Jack Roush indicated on Monday that he would pursue an appeal. However, the team said on Wednesday there would be no appeal.

Meanwhile, SPEED Channel's "Wind Tunnel" talk show Tuesday night, played unedited audio of radio conversation between Busch and his crew during the Michigan race. The conversation seemed to indicate that Busch intended to rough up Spencer in the late stages of the race.

The commission, in its customary statement, said: "Jimmy Spencer made a compelling argument, expressing remorse and acknowledging that his actions were wrong. The Commission notes that NASCAR had previously forewarned Mr Spencer and put him on notice regarding his behavior with respect to the other driver involved in the incident. Furthermore the Commission notes that, irrespective of alleged provocation or the exact magnitude of the physical contact, an inappropriate line had been crossed in this case."

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