NASCAR Penalties

NASCAR hits Penske teams for money, points and 5 suspensions

dscott@charlotteobserver.comApril 18, 2013 

— The Penske Racing teams of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were hit hard with penalties by NASCAR after their cars failed prerace inspection for using illegal rear-end parts last week at Texas Motor Speedway.

Keselowski and Logano were docked 25 driver points each Wednesday, and their crew chiefs – Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon – were fined $100,000 apiece, suspended for six points races and the Sprint All-Star Race and put on probation until Dec. 31.

Both teams had the parts confiscated before Saturday’s NRA 500.

Other penalties include six-points race suspensions and probation until Dec.31 for Keselowski’s car chief Jerry Kelley, team engineer Brian Wilson and team manager Travis Geisler; and for Logano car chief Raymond Fox and team engineer Samuel Stanley. Geisler serves as manager for both teams.

Penske Racing released a statement saying the teams would appeal the penalties. The loss of points would drop Keselowski from second to fourth in the Sprint Cup standings and Logano from ninth to 14th.

Keselowski, who was honored Tuesday at the White House by President Barack Obama for his 2012 championship, was furious after Saturday’s race.

“I can tell you there is no team in this garage with the integrity of (our) team,” Keselowski told reporters.

“The way we’ve been treated over the last seven days is absolute shameful.”

There were other NASCAR penalties announced Wednesday:

• Martin Truex Jr.’s car failed to meet minimum front-car heights at Texas and has been penalized six driver points and Michael Waltrip Racing six owner points. Crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined $25,000 and is on probation until June 5.

• Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday was fined $25,000, docked 25 points and placed on probation until June 12 for a incident with Darrell Wallace Jr. during Sunday’s race at Rockingham. Hornaday will not appeal the penalty.

Scott: 704-358-5889; Twitter: @davidscott14

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