Posted Thursday, April 18th 2013 @ 7am
WEDNESDAY A ‘FINE’ DAY
FOR NASCAR TEAMS
NASCAR announced penalties for three Sprint Cup Series teams and four-time Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday on Wednesday for rule violations last weekend in Texas and Rockingham, respectively. Unapproved suspension components from both Brad Keselowski’s Number-2 Penske Racing Ford and the Number-22 of teammate Joey Logano were discovered during pre-race inspection April 13th. As a result, Crew chiefs Paul Wolfe (2) and Todd Gordon (22) have been fined one hundred thousand dollars, suspended until completion of the next seven races (including next month’s All-Star Race) and placed on probation until December 31st. Car chiefs Jerry Kelley (2) and Raymond Fox (22), along with team engineers Brian Wilson (2) and Samuel Stanley (22), were also suspended for seven races and placed on probation until the end of the calendar year. Penske Racing Team Manager Travis Geisler drew the same penalties. Keselowski, Logano and their car owners were each docked twenty-five championship points. In a post on its Facebook page Wednesday, Penske Racing said it would appeal the penalties … Martin Truex Junior’s Number-56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota failed to meet the minimum front car heights during post-race inspection Saturday night. Crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined twenty-five thousand dollars and placed on probation until June 5th. Truex and car owner Michael Waltrip have each been docked six points. In a statement, M-W-R said it would not appeal the sanctions … And as for Hornaday, he drew a twenty-five-thousand dollar fine for wrecking Darrell Wallace Junior under caution Sunday afternoon at Rockingham Speedway. Hornaday also was docked twenty-five championship points and placed on probation until June 12th. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Hornaday’s team – N-T-S Motorsports – said it would not appeal the penalties.