Penske: Broken part led to failed inspection
June 04, 2013, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com
Following his fifth-place finish at the Monster Mile, NASCAR announced that the vehicle of the reigning series champion was found to be too low in inspection. Any potential penalties for the infraction could be announced as soon as Tuesday. Earlier this season, the team of Martin Truex Jr. was docked six points and fined $25,000 for a similar violation discovered at Texas.
The Dover race was the first back for No. 2 crew chief Paul Wolfe, who sat out a pair of points events and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race for rear-end violations discovered on the cars of Keselowski and Penske teammate Joey Logano before the race at Texas.
Wolfe, Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon, competition director Travis Geisler and four other team members were initially suspended six points races for the infractions, but they were reduced to two upon appeal. Deductions of 25 points to both drivers were upheld.
Keselowski’s fifth-place finish at Dover was his best in over a month, since a sixth-place run on April 21 at Kansas. He currently sits eighth in the standings, although a six-point penalty similar to the one Truex received would drop him to 10th place, just eight points ahead of Jeff Gordon in 11th.
Only the top 10 drivers are guaranteed a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The reigning champion does not yet have a race victory to help a potential run at a Wild Card, which he claimed two years ago to make his first Chase.
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