Keselowski among three penalized post-Bristol
August 26, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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NASCAR issued penalties Tuesday to three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams, including the winning team for driver/owner Brad Keselowski, for violations found in a post-race inspection last week at Bristol Motor Speedway.
NASCAR officials hit Brad Keselowski Racing, which fielded the winning truck for Keselowski's first victory in the series after 61 previous attempts, with a P2 penalty under the new technical infraction deterrence system instituted in the offseason. The Turner Scott Motorsports No. 30 team for third-place finisher Ron Hornaday Jr. and the Gene Haas-owned No. 00 Chevrolet for eighth-place Cole Custer were also docked under the heading of P2.
The infractions are Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing and 20B-12.8.1: Truck failed to meet post-race height requirements.
All three trucks measured too high at the rear spoiler after last Thursday's UNOH 200 on the .533-mile track. NASCAR eliminated ride-height rules for the Sprint Cup Series during the offseason, but rules limiting ride heights in NASCAR's other national series remain in effect.
Keselowski was docked 10 team owner points as owner of the No. 19 Ford. As a Sprint Cup regular and occasional competitor in the truck series, Keselowski is ineligible for points counting toward the truck driver standings. His crew chief, Doug Randolph, was fined $5,000.
NASCAR officials stripped Hornaday, a four-time series champion, of 10 points in the driver championship standings and deducted 10 team owner points for Steve Turner, owner of Hornaday's No. 30 Chevrolet. Doug George, his crew chief, drew a $5,000 fine. The loss of 10 championship driver points knocks Hornaday back to fourth place behind Ryan Blaney, who moves up to third.
Custer, a 16-year-old driver in the NASCAR Next program, lost 10 points in the driver standings and Gene Haas, listed as the owner of record for the No. 00 Chevrolet, was penalized 10 points in the team owner standings as well. Joe Shear Jr., the team's crew chief, was also hit with a $5,000 fine.
The series' next race is scheduled this Sunday, Aug. 31 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the circuit's only international track.