NASCAR hits Penske Racing hard with penalties
Nascar came down hard with penalties against Penske Racing, and issued other penalties as well on Wednesday.
The penalties are a result of technical violations found in the rear housing of both Penske cars before the Texas race Saturday night. Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were docked 25 championship points, and owner Roger Penske was docked 25 owners’ points. Keselowski’s crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $100,000 and suspended for the next six Sprint Cup events, including the All-Star race according to Nascar.com.
Car chief Jerry Kelly, team engineer Brian Wilson and Penske competition director Travis Geisler also were suspended for the next six events. Logano’s crew chief was also fined $100,000 and suspended for six weeks. Logano’s car chief Raymond Fox and team engineer Samuel Stanley were also suspended for six weeks. Nascar.com reports that all penalized Penske personnel are also on probation until December 31.
Keselowski wasn’t happy after the race at Texas on Saturday and expressed his frustration after the race.
”The things I’ve seen over the last seven days have me questioning everything that I believe in, and I’m not happy about it,” Keselowski said after the race, The Associated Press reports. ”I have one good thing to say, and that was my team and the effort they put in today, in fighting back with the absolute (expletive) that’s been the last seven days in this garage area.”
According to the AP, Penske Racing will appeal the penalties, which will put the suspensions on hold.
”Penske Racing will appeal utilizing the appropriate NASCAR process,” the team said. ”We have no further comment at this time.”
Penske Racing wasn’t the only team that Nascar penalized. Martin Truex Jr and team owner Michael Waltrip were each docked six points for Truex’s car being too low in post-race inspection at Texas.Truex’s crew chief Chad Johnston was fined $25,000 and put on probation through June 5. Truex drops from 16th to 19th in points after the penalty according to the AP. Nascar also fined Ron Hornady $25,000 and docked him 25 points for spinning Darrell Wallace Jr. under caution during Sunday’s truck race at Rockingham. Michael Waltrip Racing and Hornady’s team, NTS Motorsports, will not appeal their penalties the AP and Nascar.com reports.