NASCAR changes penalty format

It's already been an offseason of frequent change for NASCAR. Now, after revamping the championship format and introducing a new qualifying process, even the penalty structure and appeals process will be different for 2014.

NASCAR announced a tiered "deterrent system" Tuesday, for the first time laying out which infractions result in what kind of penalties. Previously, NASCAR decided penalties on a case-by-case basis — often with inconsistent results — and issued some penalties for infractions despite not having a rule against them in the rule book.

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