NASCAR cracked the whip on Penske Racing Wednesday by suspending seven crew members of Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano because of developments at the NRA 500. NASCAR also dished out $200,000 in fines for the two crews for bringing unapproved parts to the Texas Motor Speedway for last weekend’s race.
The two drivers and their car owners were each deducted twenty-five championship points as part of the punishment. With the point deductions, Keselowski has dropped to fourth in the Cup standings and Logano to fourteenth.
Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe and Logano crew chief Todd Gordon were each fined $100,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the year. Travis Geisler, who is the team manager for both cars, is suspended for the next six races.
NASCAR inspectors confiscated the original rear-end housing from both Keselowski and Logano’s cars. Logano was late to the track because of additional inspections and had to start at the back of the field. Logano finished fifth, while Keselowski was in ninth place.
Penske Racing will appeal the fines and suspensions.