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Brad Keselowski penalized, crew chief fined

June 04, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com

Brad Keselowski penalized, crew chief fined
Driver docked six points, Wolfe fined $25,000 after failing post-race inspection

NASCAR penalized defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Penske Racing team Tuesday with the loss of six championship driver and team owner points for an infraction at Dover International Speedway.

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Updated Sprint Cup standings

Rank
Driver
Pts
1
Jimmie Johnson
473
2
Carl Edwards
443
3
Clint Bowyer
423
4
Matt Kenseth
399
5
Kevin Harvick
399
6
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
398
7
Kasey Kahne
392
8
Kyle Busch
374
9
Paul Menard
371
10
Brad Keselowski
369
11
Jeff Gordon
361
12
Aric Almirola
354

The front end of Keselowski’s Ford measured too low in post-race inspection following the driver’s fifth-place finish in the June 2 FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.

The loss of points drops Keselowski from eighth to 10th in the standings, where he leads 11th-place Jeff Gordon by eight points.

In addition to the points penalty, crew chief Paul Wolfe has been fined $25,000 and will remain on probation until Dec. 31.

In a statement released following the penalty announcement, Penske officials said the car "experienced a part failure … which resulted in the car’s front end being too low when presented for post-race inspection.

"The problem is being addressed internally to ensure it does not occur again and the team is not planning to appeal the penalty.”

According to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book, the minimum front car height permitted following competition is 3-3/4 inches (clearance from front splitter to ground). The minimum measurement prior to competition is 4-1/4 inches. The 1/2-inch difference is to allow for the resulting wear and tear that occurs during a race.

It is the second time this season that Keselowski and the team have been penalized. Following the April race at Texas Motor Speedway, the No. 2 and 22 Penske Racing teams were penalized for infractions involving the rear-end housings of the organization’s two cars.

The violation resulted in 25-point driver and owner penalties, as well as $100,000 fines and suspensions of six points races for crews Wolfe (Keselowski) and Todd Gordon (Joey Logano).

Team manager Travis Geisler as well as car chiefs and lead engineers for the two teams were also suspended.

The suspensions were reduced to two points races upon appeal, although the 25-point penalties were upheld.

Last weekend’s race at Dover marked the return to the track for Wolfe, Gordon and the other parties involved.

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