On Wednesday, Penske Racing appealed the penalties imposed on it by NASCAR following the April 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Both the No. 2 and No. 22 Penske Racing entries failed pre-race inspection because of an issue with the rear ends of the cars.
Wednesday’s appeal was heard by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel. The panel upheld the penalties handed down by NASCAR.
Crew chiefs Paul Wolfe (2) and Todd Gordon (22) were each fined $100,000, suspended from six Sprint Cup points-paying events and placed on NASCAR probation for the remainder of the year. Car chiefs Jerry Kelley (2) and Raymond Fox (22), team engineers Brian Wilson (2) and Samuel Stanley (22) and team manager Travis Geiser were also suspended for six races and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
Drivers Brad Keselowski (2) and Joey Logano (22) were each penalized 25 driver points and team owner Roger Penske was docked 25 owner points for each of the entries.
Both the No. 2 and No. 22 entries were found to be in violation of sections 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4J (Any determination by NASCAR Officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to the NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the NASCAR rule book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the event) 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 component normal rotation or suspension travel) of the 2013 NASCAR rule book.
The issue in question was remedied prior to the race at Texas. None of the team members listed above have begun their suspensions, as the punishments were deferred until the appeal. Penske Racing still has one penalty appeal option remaining. The organization has the option of making its case to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.
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