Thursday, April 18, 2013

NASCAR Hammers Penske Racing With Suspensions, Penalties

NASCAR hammered Penske Racing with suspensions, fines and points penalties on Wednesday, four days after officials confiscated rear-end parts on the team's two cars before the NRA 500 in Texas.

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano each were docked 25 points, while their crew chiefs, car chiefs, engineers and team manager all were suspended for six weeks. The crew chiefs also were fined $100,000 each.

The penalties, though severe, were expected after NASCAR said Saturday night that Penske's rear-end housings were "not in the spirit of the rules." NASCAR said in its penalty statment that there was a problem with the suspension mounts.

Logano said Wednesday that the fines and penalties won't be a distraction for Penske Racing.

"We can definitely move ahead. We are ready for that and obviously we have talked a lot about it," Logano told Speed on NASCAR RaceHub in a pre-taped segment. "Penske Racing has a lot of depth inside the company, and we can make adjustments to make sure we still run well.

"I think it goes to show we made some adjustments before the race started and we still were able to come home with a top-five finish," he said, also noting Keselowski's top-10 finish. "Proud of that effort in Texas, and especially after all of the adversity there. I think it says a lot about our company." (USA Today)