The National Stock Car Racing Commission denied Long's appeal at a hearing today, the driver told The Associated Press. The commission isolated Long's suspension to the Sprint Cup Series, meaning he can find work in one of the sport's lower levels. However, Long's full-time job is working with the Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Chevrolet in the Cup series.
The commission also told Long the $200,000 fine levied against crew chief Charles Swing would not fall to Long if Swing can't pay it.
Long was penalized for having an illegal engine at Lowe's Motor Speedway last month. The 12-race suspension, 200-point penalty and $200,000 fine are NASCAR records.