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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 originally appealed the penalties and fines levied on both teams to the Panel on May 1, the three-person committee from the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel upheld NASCAR's decision. Under Section 15 of the NASCAR rulebook, Penske was able to appeal again to Middlebrook.
"The process was fair and equitable," Penske said. "The most important thing is this is over."
Penske and Walt Czarnecki (owner of record on the No. 22 and executive vice president of Penske Racing) will both still be docked 25 championship owner points and Keselowski and Logano will each lose 25 championship driver points. Crew chiefs Paul Wolfe (Keselowski) and Todd Gordon (Logano) are penalized $100,000 and will serve suspensions through the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26. Both crew chiefs are on probation until Dec. 31.
Both teams' car chiefs, team engineers as well as director of competition Travis Geisler will serve suspensions of two points races and be on probation until Dec. 31.
"The key thing is to have our people back at the racetrack operating in full control," Penske said. "To me that's most important. If we're going to win and be a leader and win the championship again, we have plenty of time to do that. So to me, I just want to move on. This has been a good process. I've learned a lot and I'm sure the team has."
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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.
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...
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~~ Brad Keselowski on Twitter, following Sunday's race.Brad Keselowski claims, that race winner David Ragan either lined up wrong on the final restart or changed lanes before the restart.I'm happy as hell a small team won. Doesn't change...
Iowa Speedway officials announced today that NASCAR Sprint Cup star Joey Logano, who won the Newton track’s first-ever NASCAR race in May of 2007 at 16 years of age, will drive a Penske Ford Mustang in the track’s first Nationwide Series race of the season, the ‘DuPont Pioneer 250’ on Saturday evening, June 8.
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David Ragan pulled off a upset with help from teammate David Gilliland by winning the Aaron’s 499 on Sunday but not everyone was happy. Brad Keselowski said he was “happy as hell a small team won” but exception with the final restart of the race. Keselowski, the 2012 series champion, took to twitter to complain about the final restart as Ragan had made his way to victory lane...
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...
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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...
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.
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...
I finally had a chance to digest what happened at the end of the Cup race at Talladega on Sunday. I owe David Ragan and his fans an apology. I placed blame on David Ragan for the restart lineup confusion when it wasn’t his fault. I was very passionate about the finish because I thought we had a chance to win the race if I restarted the race in the 10th position instead of ninth...
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.
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David Ragan captured his second career victory on Sunday in the Aaron’s 499 from Talladega Superspeedway but not everyone was happy. Brad Keselowski took to twitter after the race to accuse Ragan of lining up in the wrong spot on the final restart of the race.
Keselowski sent out the following tweet “mad as hell about that finish. We were suppose to line up 10th when the 34 switched...
Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski will join NASCAR stars Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne, legends Bobby and Donnie Allison and team owner Joe Gibbs for appearances at a one-of-a-kind infield Pit Party sponsored by the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame Pit Party will be a fan-friendly event taking place on pit road from...