Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - NASCAR handed down severe penalties to
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano's teams at Penske Racing, with a total of
seven members suspended for illegal parts found on their cars this past
weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion, and Logano both received
a loss of 25 points. Roger Penske, who is listed as the owner of Keselowski's
No. 2 car, and Walt Czarnecki, the owner of Logano's No. 22 car, were docked
25 points as well.
Keselowski went from second in the point standings to fifth, while Logano
dropped from ninth to 15th.
According to NASCAR, the No. 2 and No. 22 cars "were found to be in violation
of Sections 12-1; 12-4J and 20-12 (all suspension systems and components must
be approved by NASCAR.
"Prior to being used in competition, all suspension systems and components
must be submitted, in a completed form/assembly, to the office of the NASCAR
Competition Administrator for consideration of approval and approved by
NASCAR. Each such part may thereafter be used until NASCAR determines that
such part is no longer eligible.
"All suspension fasteners and mounting hardware must be made of solid magnetic
steel. All front end and rear end suspension mounts with mounting hardware
assembled must have single round mounting holes that are the correct size for
the fastener being used. All front end and rear end suspension mounts and
mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension
component beyond normal rotation or suspension travel)."
The violations on both cars were discovered during pre-race inspection at
Paul Wolfe, who is the crew chief for the No. 2 team, was suspended from
NASCAR competition for the next six races, as well as the May 18 Sprint All-
Star event, and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Wolfe also received a
Keselowski's car chief, Jerry Kelley, team engineer, Brian Wilson, and team
manager Travis Geisler, who also serves as team manager for the No. 2, were
suspended for the next six races as well.
Logano's crew chief, Todd Gordon, received the same penalties as Wolfe (six-
race suspension, probation for the remainder of the year and a $100,000 fine).
Car chief Raymond Fox and team engineer Samuel Stanley are also out the next
Penske Racing said in a statement that they will appeal the penalties.
NASCAR also penalized Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 56 team for an infraction that
occurred at Texas. Officials discovered during post-race inspection that the
front end Truex's car failed to meet the minimum height requirement. He
finished second in the 500-mile event.
Chad Johnston, who is Truex's crew chief, was fined $25,000 and placed on
probation until June 5. Truex and car owner Michael Waltrip were penalized
with a loss of six points each.
Truex dropped three spots in the point rankings to 19th.
Michael Waltrip Racing said it will not appeal the penalty.
These are the first major penalties NASCAR has issued to any Sprint Cup team
since the new race car, the Gen 6, made its competition debut at the start of
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