Team Penske's final appeal pushed to May 9
RELATED: No. 2 team penalized after Phoenix infraction The date for Team Penske's final appeal of L1-level penalties has been pushed back. NASCAR officials said the hearing is now scheduled for 7:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 9 at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. It previously had been scheduled for April 26. Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, will preside over the hearing. The session will determine the final outcome of penalties issued March 22 to the Roger Penske -owned No. 2 Ford team after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway. Team Penske filed the paperwork for a final appeal April 13, one day after the three-member National Motorsports Appeal Panel upheld the original penalties. That punishment included a three-race suspension for crew chief Paul Wolfe and a 35-point deduction for Brad Keselowski in the drivers' standings and the same amount for Penske in the owners' standings. With the appeal pending, Wolfe was atop the pit box for this week's Food City 500 at Bristol. He has the opportunity to manage the race again this weekend at Richmond and the following week at Talladega. Wolfe already has served one race of his three-race suspension, handing over the helm to Brian Wilson for the March 26 race at Auto Club Speedway. Moss, the former president at Gulfstream Aerospace, has held the role of National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer since 2014. His ruling on April 26 will be final. The burden of proof will rest with Team Penske in the final appeal process. In the initial hearing, the burden of proof rested with NASCAR. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;&lt;span _rtetemp=&quot;spchk&quot; style=&quot;background-color: #ffffaa;&quot; _rtespchksugg=&quot;Lt"alt"ult"flt"let"lit"lat"lot"ltd"t&quot;&gt;am&lt;/span&gt;p;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Panel upholds penalty on Penske's No. 2 team
A three-member appeals panel upheld L1-grade penalties Wednesday against Team Penske's No. 2 Ford team for failing technical inspection after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on March 19 at Phoenix Raceway. The ruling by the National Motorsports Appeal Panel confirms the penalty issued by NASCAR on March 22, fining the team $65,000, handing a three-race suspension to crew chief Paul Wolfe, and docking Brad Keselowski 35 points in the drivers' standings and Roger Penske an equal point total in the team owners' standings. Wednesday afternoon, Team Penske issued a statement saying that it will exercise its right to appeal the ruling to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Bryan Moss. NASCAR representatives said that a date for the final appeal hearing has not been set. "While we are disappointed in today's results, we plan to immediately request a final appeal hearing as outlined in the NASCAR rulebook," the team said in its statement. "While the appeals process runs its course, we will continue to move forward and our focus will remain on getting prepared for the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway." Wolfe has already served one race of his three-race ban, sitting out the March 26 event at Auto Club Speedway. Team Penske had delayed its appeal request until after the Auto Club race to provide an opportunity to further inspect its Phoenix vehicle at its Mooresville, North Carolina, shop. Brian Wilson replaced Wolfe at Auto Club, leading the No. 2 team to a second-place finish. Wolfe returned -- with the appeal pending -- the following weekend at Martinsville Speedway, where Keselowski scored his second victory of the season. A representative for Team Penske said that Wolfe would continue in his current role as the organization awaited a final appeal date to be determined. The Monster Energy Series is off this weekend, with the next scheduled event on April 23 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Team Penske's penalty fell under the heading of Section 188.8.131.52.2 of the 2017 NASCAR Rule Book, which addresses general measurements (in this instance, rear steer) in the team's post-race pass through the Laser Inspection Station (LIS). The three members of the National Motorsports Appeal Panel attending Wednesday's hearing were: -- Rick Crawford, former driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Hunter Nickell, former president of the SPEED Channel -- Dale Pinilis, longtime operator of Bowman Gray Stadium
Team Penske appeal hearing set for April 12
Team Penske's appeal of a rules violation and subsequent penalties against driver Brad Keselowski, crew chief Paul Wolfe and the No. 2 team will be heard April 12 by three members of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel, according to a NASCAR official. The No. 2 team failed post-race inspection following last month's Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Wolfe was fined $65,000 and suspended for three races. Keselowski was assessed with the loss of 35 driver points and Penske lost 35 car owner points. The organization, which fields entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano, delayed its request for an appeal until it had the opportunity to inspect the Phoenix entry at its Mooresville, North Carolina, headquarters. Wolfe was replaced by interim crew chief Brian Wilson at Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 400 the following week, where Keselowski finished second. It subsequently filed notice of an appeal and requested the penalties be deferred until the results of the appeal were determined. That deferral was granted, and Wolfe returned to the pit box for last week's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, where Keselowski scored his second win of the season. MORE: Penske appeal allows Wolfe to lead Kes to victory " No. 2 team penalized The team was penalized under Sections 184.108.40.206.1 of the NASCAR rule book for failing post-race rear steer on the Laser Inspection Station (LIS). The L1 level penalty calls for the finish to be encumbered, meaning any bonus points earned would not be eligible toward use in the playoffs. Keselowski finished fifth in the Phoenix race last month. Team owner Roger Penske addressed the decision to file an appeal following Keselowski's Martinsville victory. "Look, I need him on that box every weekend," Penske said of Wolfe. "I told him I'd pay him to be on that box every weekend not to be sitting in his motor home looking at a bunch of monitors. "But … really the strategy was that we'd take a race off last week (at ACS) and then make the appeal and I guess we'll be coming back here (to Martinsville) so it was good to get the experience here on this track, obviously, because it'll be in the (playoffs)."
Panel upholds penalty on No. 2 Penske team
Jonathan Merryman brings you up to speed on the National Motorsports Appeals Panel's decision to uphold the L1 -level penalty against the No. 2 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team .
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Owner Standings
MORE: XFINITY owner standings " Camping World owner standings Pos. Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Attempts 1 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 398 0 0 1 2 7 9 2 Furniture Row Racing 78 358 -40 -40 1 5 10 9 3 Hendrick Motorsports 24 346 -52 -12 0 2 2 9 4 Team Penske 22 333 -65 -13 1 1 6 9 5 Team Penske 2 327 -71 -6 2 1 11 9 6 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 286 -112 -41 0 3 3 9 7 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 282 -116 -4 0 0 0 9 8 Hendrick Motorsports 48 270 -128 -12 2 0 10 9 9 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 266 -132 -4 0 0 0 9 10 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 235 -163 -31 0 1 1 9 11 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 231 -167 -4 0 0 0 9 12 Wood Brothers Racing 21 229 -169 -2 0 2 2 9 13 Richard Childress Racing 31 225 -173 -4 1 0 5 9 14 Roush Fenway Racing 6 216 -182 -9 0 0 0 9 15 Roush Fenway Racing 17 201 -197 -15 0 0 0 9 16 Furniture Row Racing 77 193 -205 -8 0 0 0 9 17 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 192 -206 -1 1 0 5 9 18 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 192 -206 0 0 1 1 9 19 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 189 -209 -3 0 0 0 9 20 Hendrick Motorsports 5 179 -219 -10 0 0 0 9 21 Richard Childress Racing 3 171 -227 -8 0 0 0 9 22 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 169 -229 -2 0 0 0 9 23 Germain Racing 13 157 -241 -12 0 0 0 9 24 Hendrick Motorsports 88 141 -257 -16 0 0 0 9 25 Richard Childress Racing 27 139 -259 -2 0 0 0 9 26 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 117 -281 -22 0 0 0 9 27 JTG Daugherty Racing 37 114 -284 -3 0 0 0 9 28 Leavine Family Racing 95 110 -288 -4 0 0 0 9 29 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 110 -288 0 0 0 0 9 30 Front Row Motorsports 34 104 -294 -6 0 0 0 9 31 TriStar Motorsports 72 104 -294 0 0 0 0 9 32 GO FAS Racing 32 99 -299 -5 0 0 0 9 33 Front Row Motorsports 38 97 -301 -2 0 0 0 9 34 Premium Motorsports 15 72 -326 -25 0 0 0 9 35 BK Racing 83 57 -341 -15 0 0 0 9 36 BK Racing 23 45 -353 -12 0 0 0 9 37 Circle Sport / TMG 33 36 -362 -9 0 0 0 9 38 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 27 -371 -9 0 0 0 2 39 Beard Motorsports 175 26 -372 -1 0 0 0 1 40 Rick Ware Racing 51 18 -380 -8 0 0 0 9 41 Premium Motorsports 55 15 -383 -3 0 0 0 7 42 Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 1 -397 -14 0 0 0 1
Joey Logano to start today's race at Richmond from the rear
RELATED: Sunday's full lineup Joey Logano will start today's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond from the rear of the field after his No. 22 Team Penske team changed the transmission in his Ford. Logano had qualified fifth for the Toyota Owners 400 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and the .75-mile Virginia track is one of his best. Logano has finished in the top five in four of his eight starts here as a member of Team Penske . Sunday also marks Logano's 300th career start in the Monster Energy Series. For Fantasy Live purposes, Logano still is officially credited with a fifth-place starting position. " Need to update your lineup? MORE: Logano's career highlights He joins Austin Dillon in the rear of the field. NASCAR officials announced Friday morning that the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet would start from the back after failing pre-race inspection at the Laser Inspection System station five times prior to Monday's race at Bristol. Knowing he was already sent to the rear, Dillon turned a slow qualifying lap Friday at Richmond -- perhaps to save his tires for Sunday's race -- and qualified 38th. &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Joey Logano wins first race of season at wild Richmond
RELATED: Race results " Standings " Stage results " Detailed breakdown SHOP: Winner gear! RICHMOND, Va. -- It took Joey Logano all afternoon to drive from the back of the field to the front in Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Logano started from the rear after a post-qualifying transmission change, but when the checkered flag waved after Lap 400, the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford was at the head of the field, having held off a banzai charge from teammate Brad Keselowski during a 19-lap green-flag run. Logano took the lead for the first time on Lap 384, after restarting behind six cars that had stayed out on old tires under caution for Ryan Blaney’s contact with the Turn 3 wall on Lap 377. On fresh rubber, Logano made short work of the cars in front of him and passed series leader Kyle Larson for the top spot with 16 circuits left. Keselowski had a faster car, having led 110 laps, but he also had more difficulty getting through traffic after the final restart. By the time Logano took the checkered flag, Keselowski had narrowed his teammate's straightaway lead to roughly three car-lengths before running out of time. The 26-year-old from Connecticut won his 18th race in his 300th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It was his first victory of the season and his second at Richmond. Logano and Keselowski had stayed out under the penultimate caution on Lap 367 and appeared vulnerable to the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch until NASCAR called the final yellow five laps after the restart on Lap 377. Of the cars that came to pit road on Lap 378, Logano was first off and lined up behind the six cars that stayed out -- those of Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chris Buescher, Martin Truex Jr., David Ragan and Cole Whitt. Busch drew a penalty for a commitment line violation and went to the rear of the field, eliminating one of the contending cars. RELATED: Watch how Logano's pit road games got Kyle Busch "The caution came out," Logano said of the final yellow. "The boys had a great stop which gave us good track position to pass the cars that stayed out. We were able to have a good start, work our way past those cars and tried to take off the best I could. I knew the 2 (Keselowski) was so much faster than everybody, and I had to get out there as quick and as far as I could. "He was on his way to catch me. I think he was catching me a couple tenths a lap. That was all I had inside the car, and I burned them up early trying to go. I’m proud of the effort of the team . We executed under pressure today and brought a car home that was a fifth-to-10th-place car to Victory Lane." For his part, Keselowski was philosophical about the way the race unfolded. "I was just hoping for another restart or the race to get extended for another 10 laps," Keselowski said. "I think we had a ton of long-run speed today. That short run at the end ... half the field came, half the field didn’t. I just got stuck in a lane of cars that didn’t go. "By the time I did, he (Logano) had a whole straightaway on me. I got it down to a couple of car-lengths at the end. All and all, I’m happy for Team Penske with the 1-2 finish. We’ll take it and move on." RELATED: Drivers to win in his 300th start Virginia native Denny Hamlin ran third, but his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota couldn’t match the speed of the Team Penske Fords. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. recovered from a brush with the Turn 3 wall to come home fourth on older tires, holding off fifth-place Kevin Harvick over the final green-flag run. The first major incident of the day happened late when Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson got into each other, causing damage to Junior's No. 88. He finished 30th, while Johnson placed 11th. MORE: Johnson, Earnhardt Jr. come together at Richmond The Monster Energy Series hits the track again next weekend at NASCAR's biggest track for the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, FOX). Keselowski is the defending winner. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Team Penske mulling appeal; SHR formally files
BUY TICKETS: Celebrate Auto Club's 20th anniversary RELATED: Nos. 2, 4 teams penalized after violations at Phoenix Officials with Team Penske have not determined if the organization will appeal penalties handed down to the No. 2 team and driver Brad Keselowski on Wednesday, according to a statement from the team . Stewart-Haas Racing, meanwhile, announced it would appeal the penalty for the No. 4 team of Kevin Harvick. Team Penske also announced that Brian Wilson will serve as interim crew chief this weekend, replacing Paul Wolfe, when the series visits Auto Club Speedway for Sunday's running of the Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "We have acknowledged the penalties levied against the No. 2 team following last weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway," Team Penske officials said in the statement. "The race cars returned to the race shop today (Wednesday) and we are in the process of evaluating the area in question. In the meantime, we have decided Brian Wilson will serve as Brad Keselowski’s crew chief at Auto Club Speedway while we evaluate our approach relative to today's penalties." NASCAR fined Wolfe $65,000 and suspended him for the next three Monster Energy Cup Series races (Auto Club, Martinsville and Texas), while Keselowski and the No. 2 team were docked 35 driver and owner points respectively. According to the NASCAR penalty report issued Wednesday, the No. 2 team failed the post-race rear wheel steer on the LIS (Laser Inspection Station) following last Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix. RELATED: Details on NASCAR's deterrence system The points deduction dropped Keselowski from second to fourth in the standings after four of this year's 36 points races. The 2012 series champion already has one victory this season, however, putting him in line for one of the 16 spots for this year's playoff field. Wilson is the former lead engineer for Keselowski's No. 2 team . He served as crew chief of the No. 22 Team Penske XFINITY Series entry last season for 24 races, and was atop the pit box helping guide the No. 22 team to the win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with driver Joey Logano earlier this season. • According to SHR officials, the organization "has officially requested an appeal hearing regarding the penalties … and have also requested a deferral of the penalties until the appeal process is complete." The request for appeal means that crew chief Rodney Childers will be allowed to participate in this weekend's race activities at Auto Club. Childers was suspended for one race and fined $25,000 while driver Kevin Harvick and the team were assessed with the loss of 10 driver and team owner points, respectively, due to the use of an unapproved track bar slider in Sunday's race at Phoenix.
Kenseth, Keselowski win Stages 1, 2 at Richmond
RELATED: FAQ for race format " Updated stage points STAGE 2: Brad Keselowski nabbed his first stage win of the year on Sunday afternoon at Richmond International Raceway, winning Stage 2 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' Toyota Owners 400. The driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford led 37 laps in the caution-free stage. Pole-sitter and Stage 1 victor Matt Kenseth, who led all 100 laps of Stage 1, placed second in Stage 2 in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, leading 63 laps. Stewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick was third in his No. 4 Ford, while Denny Hamlin's No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was fourth. Kyle Larson and his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet completed Stage 2's top-five finishers. Both Keselowski and Kenseth received race points and the race winner will earn 40 points and five playoff points at the race's conclusion. STAGE 1: Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth led all 100 opening laps of Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, giving his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota the Stage 1 win. This marks Kenseth's first stage win of the season. Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. drag-raced to the start-finish line for the runner-up spot in Stage 1, with Larson's No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet prevailing by .006 seconds. Truex Jr.'s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota ended up third. Stewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick and Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five, respectively. The top 10 finishers in both Stage 1 and Stage 2 receive race points. The race winner will receive 40 points and five playoff points at the conclusion of the Final Stage.
Team Penske to appeal Phoenix penalties on No. 2 team
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Martinsville Officials with Team Penske announced in a statement that the organization will appeal penalties handed down to the No. 2 team and driver Brad Keselowski following the March 19 race at Phoenix Raceway. According to the NASCAR penalty report issued last week, the No. 2 team failed the post-race rear wheel steer on the LIS (Laser Inspection Station) following the Camping World 500. NASCAR fined Wolfe $65,000 and suspended him from three Monster Energy Series races while Keselowski and the No. 2 team were docked 35 driver and owner points, respectively. Wolfe sat out last week's race at Auto Club, in which Keselowski finished second, but will be on the pit box in Martinsville. "After having the opportunity to review the facts, Team Penske has decided to appeal the penalties following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Phoenix," the team announced in a statement. "We have requested an appeal hearing and we plan to follow the process as outlined in the NASCAR rulebook. The appeals administration has granted our request to defer the two races remaining on Paul Wolfe's suspension until the results of our appeal are known." The 2012 series champion, Keselowski already has one victory this season (Atlanta), putting him in line for one of the 16 spots for this year's playoff field. -- Kenny Bruce contributed to this story
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