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Ernie Cope will be A.J. Allmendinger’s interim crew chief at Pocono; team won’t appeal

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice - Go Bowling 400

KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 06: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Dillons/Glad to Give Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

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JTG Daugherty Racing won’t appeal the one-race suspension of crew chief Randall Burnett for lug nut violations after the Coca-Cola 600.

The team said Ernie Cope will fill in for Burnett as the interim crew chief for A.J. Allmendinger’s No. 47 Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway. Cope, a former winning crew chief in the Xfinity Series, was hired as JTG Daugherty’s director of competition in the offseason.

Stewart-Haas Racing announced Wednesday night the team wouldn’t appeal crew chief Tony Gibson’s one-race suspension for improper lug nuts on Kurt Busch’s car.

A Roush Fenway Racing spokesman said Thursday afternoon that the team still was evaluating whether to appeal the two-race suspension of crew chief Brian Pattie after Greg Biffle’s No. 16 Ford failed postrace inspection from the Coke 600.