Three NSCS teams have been penalized after Saturday night at Texas, where the shenanigans during the inspection processes pre- and post-race outshined the on-track happenings.
If you forgot, the no. 2 and no. 22 teams of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were reprimanded for both their rear-end housing pieces being skewed quite eccentrically. Those pieces were taken by NASCAR, and both cars had to go through inspection multiple times before being allowed on the grid.
Most shockingly, after a second-place finish, Martin Truex Jr.’s car’s front end was too low to meet requirements.
Penalties and fines are as followed:
Paul Wolfe, crew chief for Keselowski, has been fined $100,000 and placed on suspension for seven races, including the All-Star Race. He is also under probation until December 31st.
Car chief Jerry Kelley and team engineer Brian Wilson have been suspended for seven races and placed on probation until December 31st, as is team manager Travis Geisler, who manages both the no. 2 and the no. 22 cars.
Keselowski has been docked 25 championship driver points, and team owner Roger Penske has also been docked 25 points in the bout for the owners’ championship.
Todd Gordon, crew chief for Logano, has been handed the same punishment as Wolfe. Car chief Raymond Fox and team engineer Samuel Stanley are in the same boat as Kelley and Wilson. Logano loses 25 championship driver points, and Penske is yet again deducted 25 points from the owners’ championship pool.
Roger Penske has come out and said that he will appeal.
As for Martin Truex Jr.’s incident, his crew chief, Chad Johnston, has been fined $25,000 and put on probation until June 5th. There is a 6-point deduction for both the driver and the owner, Michael Waltrip.
To say the least, these penalties, fines, and suspensions will shake up Kansas.