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 were originally penalized after their Fords failed prerace inspection at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13. Officials discovered unapproved suspension systems and components.
NASCAR also cited the Penske cars' "suspension fasteners and mounting hardware must be made of solid magnetic steel" and that the suspension mounts "hardware assembled must have single round mounting holes that are the correct size for the fastener being used" to keep the front and rear end suspension from "movement or realignment of any suspension component beyond component normal rotation or suspension travel.
Although Penske o...