NASCAR issues penalties to Penske Racing for parts that were ‘not in the spirit of the rules’
Drivers Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano lose 25 points each
Penske crew chiefs, car chiefs get six-week suspensions
(PhatzRadio / USA Today) — NASCAR hammered Penske Racing with suspensions, fines and points penalties on Wednesday, four days after officials confiscated rear-end parts on the team’s two cars before the NRA 500 in Texas.
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano each were docked 25 points, while their crew chiefs, car chiefs, engineers and team manager all were suspended for six weeks. The crew chiefs also were fined $100,000 each.
The penalties, though severe, were expected after NASCAR said Saturday night that Penske’s rear-end housings were “not in the spirit of the rules.” NASCAR said in its penalty statment that there was a problem with the suspension mounts.
Logano said Wednesday that the fines and penalties won’t be a distraction for Penske Racing.
“We can definitely move ahead. We are ready for that and obviously we have talked a lot about it,” Logano told Speed on NASCAR RaceHub in a pre-taped segment. “Penske Racing has a lot of depth inside the company, and we can make adjustments to make sure we still run well.
“I think it goes to show we made some adjustments before the race started and we still were able to come home with a top-five finish,” he said, also noting Keselowski’s top-10 finish. “Proud of that effort in Texas, and especially after all of the adversity there. I think it says a lot about our company.”
Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 team was hit with a similar penalty last year for illegally modified C-posts at Daytona, though those penalties later were overturned on appeal. The Penske penalties are more severe in that they also include the engineers and team manager.
Before the race, NASCAR took the rear-end housings and other parts from the Nos. 2 and 22 cars and made the teams install new ones. Keselowski and Logano both finished in the top 10, but Keselowski later claimed his team was being unfairly targeted in an “absolutely shameful” way.
“The things I’ve seen over the last seven days have me questioning everything I believe in, and I’m not happy about it,” he said.
NASCAR chairman Brian France told Fox Business on Monday that the 2012 Sprint Cup champion would not be fined for his comments.
Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe, car chief Jerry Kelley and engineer Brian Wilson were suspended Wednesday along with their counterparts on Logano’s team, Todd Gordon, Raymond Fox III and Samuel Stanley. Team manager Travis Geisler also was suspended.
Penske released a statement saying it would appeal the penalties and would comment when appropriate.
Keselowski will drop from second to fourth in the Sprint Cup Series point standings. Logano drops from ninth to 14th — 24 points outside of the top 10.
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