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Penske Racing has named Kevin Buskirk and Steve Reis as the interim crew chiefs for the Nos. 2 and 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup teams, respectively, starting this weekend at Darlington Raceway and through the next two weeks during the All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Penske Racing is operating without Brad Keselowski's crew chief Paul Wolfe and Joey Logano's crew chief Todd Gordon as well as team manager/competition director Travis Geisler, the team's engineers and car chiefs for the next two points races and the All-Star race. All are serving a suspension due to illegal suspension parts discovered on both cars in pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13.
Their sentences were reduced from six points races plus the All-Star Race to two points races and the All-Star Race after the National Stock Car Racing chief appellate officer heard Penske Racing's appeal on Tuesday.
Greg Erwin, who is Sam Hornish Jr.'s Nationwide Series crew chief in the organization, will serve as team strategist for the No. 22 of Logano on race day. Mike Nelson, Penske Racing vice president of operations, will fill in for Geisler as team manager.
Buskirk, a former driver and crew chief who oversees Penske Racing's test teams, will be supported by race engineer Jonathan Hassler and interim car chief Nick Hensley with Keselowski's team. Reis, who started with Penske in 2009 and is currently one of Logano's team engineers, will have Ben Atkins filling in as his race engineer and veteran mechanic and former No. 2 car chief Jeffrey Thousand serving in that same role.
Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion, is currently sixth in the points standings. Logano, in his first season with Penske Racing, sits 18th.
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Joey Logano will run a NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa in June, the night before competing in a Sprint Cup event at Pocono.
The Iowa Speedway says Logano will return to its 0.875-mile track for its Nationwide opener on June 8. Logano beat Kevin Harvick in a K&N Pro Series race at Iowa in 2007 and led the first competitive lap ever run at the track as a 16-year-old in 2006.
Penalties on the cars of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano remained largely unchanged Tuesday after Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrooke upheld fines and point penalties for unapproved rear-end housings on the two Penske Racing cars.
The No. 2 and No. 22 Ford’s of Penske Racing failed pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway prior to the NRA 500 run on April 13.
National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook on Tuesday upheld the fines and points penalties against Penske Racing but reduced the suspensions of seven crew members from six to two NASCAR Sprint Cup points races - a stretch including the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18.
The Nos. 2 and 22 Penske Racing teams of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano...
REDUCTION: On Tuesday afternoon Penske Racing had its penalties from the race at Texas Motor Speedway heard by NASCAR Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, who reduced the suspensions for crew chief Paul Wolfe, car chief Jerry Kelley, lead engineer Brian Wilson and competition director Travis Geisler from seven races to three. The group will begin serving their suspensions this...
MOTHER NATURE NOT A FAN: Joey Logano and Mother Nature might not be seeing eye-to-eye these days. Last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Logano had raced his way up to third when rains came and set off a three-hour rain delay. However, the weather cleared up and the race resumed. And when it did, Logano continued to run up front before eventually succumbing to an engine issue that...
Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will have new crew chiefs for the Saturday night race at Darlington Raceway.
Former Cup crew chief Wally Brown will call the shots for the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Matt Kenseth. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff was suspended by NASCAR after rods connecting to the engine on the race winning car from Kansas was found to be under weight. Ratcliff...
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Following a rule infraction that saw both Penske Racing teams (No. 2 and No. 22) rear-end parts confiscated, both the No. 2 team and No. 22 team faced 50-point penalties, and huge monetary fines as well, but possibly the most damaging part of the sanctions were the fact that both teams would...
Penske Racing is reaching deep into its bench after NASCAR suspended seven of its employees.
NASCAR's chief appellate officer reduced the suspensions from six points races to two and the All-Star race. The suspensions begin this weekend at Darlington.
Penske vice president of operations Mike Nelson will replace Travis Geisler as competition director.
Test team manager Kevin...
Penske Racing announced the team members that will be taking the place those suspended by NASCAR for the next two races. They were for infractions on the rear end of both Penske Racing cars at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Mike Nelson will take over as team manager.
For Brad Keselowski’s team, Kevin Buskirk will be crew chief, Jonathan Hassley will be race engineer, and Nick Hensley...
Brad Keselowski was upset with David Ragan on Sunday night, tweeting: “mad as hell about that finish. We were suppose to line up 10th when the 34 switched lanes entering 3 before green. That lane won. BS.”
Keselowski changed his stance on Tuesday.
A SUCCESSFUL RETURN: Joey Logano returned to the NASCAR Nationwide Series last weekend in dramatic fashion. While making his first start of the season behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford Mustang, Logano nearly pulled off the win in a photo-finish, coming in second by a matter of inches.
AGAIN A DEFENDING WINNER: On the strength of nine wins over the course of the NASCAR Nationwide...
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. This is the fifth race of the 22-race season that concludes in Homestead, Florida in November. Last year, Justin Lofton took the win over Brad Keselowski, who tangled with Ron Hornaday, Jr on a restart creating some harsh words after the race between the two. Keselowski...