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Petty: Penske Racing was snitched on at Texas

Apr 19, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

Can Richard Petty truly be serious about potentially shifting from Ford to Toyota in 2015? Getty Images

Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Richard Petty is convinced that somebody told NASCAR about the unapproved parts in the Penske Racing Fords for last weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.

According to Dave Skretta of The Associated Press, Petty said that Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano had already passed “two or three inspections and hadn’t been caught” at Texas — which leads “The King” to believe that someone snitched their teams out to the sanctioning body.

”Undoubtedly, someone told them what the Penske crew was doing,” Petty told reporters on Friday at Kansas Speedway.

For the infractions, Keselowski and Logano were each docked 25 championship points, and their teams had a combined seven crew members hit with six-race suspensions and $200,000 in fines altogether. Those suspensions have been appealed by Penske Racing, meaning that all of Keselowski and Logano’s crews are present and accounted for this weekend in Kansas.

Petty also touched on those harsh penalties in his time with the press on Friday, saying that NASCAR’s great efforts in developing the new Generation-6 machines may have triggered its sizable reaction.

”I think when something like this happens, it tees them off, because they think they have everything covered,” Petty mused.

  1. markdartj - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Oh the irony. You may remember that this is just what BK promised to do to everyone else, when he was criticizing RHM last year. Karma sucks, doesn’t it, Bad Brad?

  2. csilojohnson - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Not really into NASCAR. But…from the sound of this article. One would think an unbalanced field is common place. Accepted even. Is Petty mad his team has been cheating? Or that they got caught?

  3. techmeister1 - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    No Petty wasn’t making any comments about his team at all. He was stating that someone reported Penske cheating because what they were doing is very difficult to find. NASCAR also only pulled the rear end housings from two of the three Penske team cars because they knew the third car was legal. That requires inside information.

    As far as the cheating is concerned I’m surprised that Penske would allow his teams to do this – if he actually knew. If he didn’t know then some folks need a 6 month un-paid vacation. If he did know – shame on him as a lot of us will have lost great respect for him.

    Regarding the fines, it won’t change the mentality in the garages. The fines are insignificant to a team with an anuual operating budget of $15+ Million dollars. The suspension of crew chiefs will be ackward but not a huge detriment. The only thing that might have some influence come the end of the year is the loss of 25 points. Otherwise it’s just an inconvenience that Penske will handle just as Hendrick did when the 48 car and Chad Knaus were caught cheating literally for the 14th time. It’s a token punishment that won’t change a thing.

  4. charger383 - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Winston Cup racing was much better

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