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Penske Racing gets huge penalties from NASCAR after Texas

Apr 17, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

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Penske Racing has been hit with massive penalties following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, where both cars faced a mad dash to even make the starting grid after a hold-up in technical inspection when parts were confiscated.

Drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have each been docked 25 driver points and their No. 2 and No. 22 teams, 25 owner points.

Meanwhile, their crew chiefs incurred an even greater hit. Crew chiefs Paul Wolfe (Keselowski) and Todd Gordon (Logano) have been suspended for the next six points races (also includes the non-points Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte), fined $100,000 apiece and placed on probation until Dec. 31.

NASCAR said both cars had been found in violation of Sections 12-1; 12-4J and 20-12.

Those violations read in full: 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.

Additional penalties for Penske include the No. 2’s car chief, team manager and team engineer (Jerry Kelley, Travis Geisler, Brian Wilson) being suspended the next six points races and placed on probation until Dec. 31, and the same penalties issued to the No. 22 car chief (Raymond Fox) and team manager (Samuel Stanley).

In a team statement, Penske Racing said it will appeal the process, and has no further comment at this time.

  1. wallio - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Talk about lowering the boom. So going by the rules broken, are we to assume the components were somehow adjustable? Possibly in car?

  2. wgray981 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Wow f*** NASCAR. Good thing I stopped watching the races lol. Johnson was caught cheating what, 5 years in a row? His penalties should have been a lot harsher. NASCAR is bribed by Hendricks and they hate Ford.

  3. gbar22 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    NASCAR as a sanctioning body as a whole is a joke with zero consistency in anything they hand down much like with what the NHL does with its penalties. Everything is a the discretion of one person.

  4. frun66 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Maybe they’ll get the Jimmie Johnson treatment…… oh wait never mind only he gets penalties reversed…

  5. laserw - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    The current count on Jimmy Johnson’s team cheating is now 14 times being caught and penalized. His team has made it an art to flaunt the rules – and to win championships.

    What Penske Racing should now do is to say – hey, we are just like the Hendrick Mafia Racing team and should be treated just like them. Yeah, we played fast and loose with the rules, but we still have four championships to go before we are as flagrant as the 48 team!

  6. techmeister1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    IMO all who cheat should be seriously penalized and no appeal should be allowed.

  7. charger383 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Way to harsh. Racing was better when it was Winston Cup.

    • techmeister1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      While the days of Winston Cup were far simpler and in some ways better, the racing IMO is about equal, having witnessed both. As far as the punishment handed out to Penske, it seems very appropriate for the blatant cheating involved as it wasn’t a minor infraction. JJ/Knaus should never have gotten off with a slap on the wrist but the politics of NASCAR and GM prevailed.

      Unifrom punishment is fine but the crimes aren’t always uniform so some discretion is required. With Knaus who IMO doesn’t need to cheat not does Penske’s teams, the next infraction…and there will be a next infraction from Knaus, should be a half-million dollar fine and a year’s suspension from NASCAR including any communication with the team while they are at the track.

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