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Team Penske : Back-to-back babies to go along with wins
RELATED: Where does 2 crew stack up midseason? Team Penske's No. 2 crew members had double the reason to celebrate Brad Keselowski 's back-to-back victories at Daytona and Kentucky in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. That's because jackman Braxton Brannon and gasman Nick Hensley both added to their families during the joyous past two weeks. Anyone who has ever been involved in the waiting process understands the stress of having a baby. The due dates were only three days apart and both guys had been on wait for the past two weeks. But the babies arrived safely on opposite ends of the Kentucky weekend and the crew members didn't miss a beat. For the Brannon family it was their first child. They welcomed a baby girl on July 7. For the Hensley family, they welcomed their second boy on July 11. "It was a tough decision to go to that race while they were still in the hospital," Brannon said. "Caroline told me to go and I think it was the right decision. Caroline is doing great now and the baby." Hensley echoed his feeling of relief. "I knew the next two races (after Sonoma) were Saturday night races, and close enough to home that Team Penske would do everything they could to get me home in a hurry if something happened," Hensley said. "I was more nervous for Braxton, this was my second child and I had stayed home from the Talladega race in 2014 for the birth of my first child, and I didn't want him to miss that special moment with his family." So three weeks ago the No. 2 crew had two wins on the season and a total of one kid between the six over-the-wall guys. Now, two weeks later, the team has two more wins and two more family members. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com .
Did you know ...? Team Penske fast facts at win 100
Saturday night's win at Daytona International Speedway by Brad Keselowski was the 100th for Team Penske in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. The historic victory came during a season in which Team Penske is celebrating its 50-year anniversary. The journey to 100 is, of course, filled with numbers and some quirky stats. Here are some interesting tidbits, courtesy of Team Penske : • In two of Team Penske's 100 wins, the winning driver led only one lap. Both times in 2015 with Brad Keselowski at Auto Club Speedway and Joey Logano at Watkins Glen. • Fifteen of Team Penske's 100 wins have come from the pole position. • Brad Keselowski dominated at Richmond International Raceway in 2014, leading 96 percent of the laps. That is the highest percentage of laps led by a winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition for Team Penske . • Team Penske drivers have scored 12 wins at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most wins at a single track for the team . Rusty Wallace leads all Team Penske drivers with seven victories at the .533-mile track. • Both Rusty Wallace and Kurt Busch won their first race with Team Penske at Bristol. • The No. 2 for Team Penske has scored 64 victories. Rusty Wallace has 37, Brad Keselowski has 19 and Kurt Busch has eight. • In Team Penske's 100 victories, winning drivers led 12,295 laps en route to Victory Lane. • Rusty Wallace scored 10 victories in 1993, the most wins for a Team Penske driver in a single season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. • In 2014, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano teamed to score 11 victories, the most for Team Penske in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. • Rusty Wallace started 33rd at New Hampshire in 1993, the deepest a Team Penske driver has started and won. • Team Penske's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came in the 1973 Winston Western 500 at Riverside International Raceway with driver Mark Donohue. • In addition to the familiar 2, 12 and 22 numbers for Team Penske , the team also fielded the No. 16 for NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in the 1970s, with Allison scoring three of the car's four victories. • Rusty Wallace and Joey Logano are the only drivers to win three races in a row for Team Penske . Wallace accomplished this twice, in 1993 winning Bristol, North Wilkesboro and Martinsville in succession, and in 1994 winning Dover, Pocono and Michigan. Logano accomplished this in 2015 by winning at Charlotte, Kansas, and Talladega in the Round of 12 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. • Forty-nine of the 100 wins came with the winning driver starting within the top five. • Team Penske has scored a Sprint Cup Series victory every year since 1991.
Kenseth, No. 20 team penalized for failed inspection
NASCAR levied penalties to the race-winning Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota team Wednesday after last weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. As a result of infractions found in a post-race pass through the laser inspection station (LIS), the No. 20 team was docked 15 championship points in the team owner standings and driver Matt Kenseth absorbed a 15-point deduction in the Sprint Cup drivers' standings. The points penalty moved Kenseth, a two-time winner this year, from eighth to ninth place in the standings. The P3-grade penalty also carries a $25,000 fine for No. 20 crew chief Jason Ratcliff. The No. 20 Toyota driven to victory by Kenseth in the New Hampshire 301 was found out of compliance during Sunday's post-race trip through the LIS platform. The car was sent to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, for further evaluation this week. A host of other teams were issued written warnings Wednesday by the sanctioning body: -- The Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet team for driver Austin Dillon and the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevy for driver Kevin Harvick were both handed written warnings and docked 15 minutes of practice time during this weekend's activities at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The No. 3 team failed LIS three times pre-race and pushed their current warning total to four. The No. 4 entry failed body template inspection three times pre-qualifying. -- The Team Penske No. 22 Ford team for driver Joey Logano and the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota of driver Carl Edwards both failed LIS twice. The No. 22's violation came in pre-race inspection; the No. 19's was in pre-qualifying. Both teams received written warnings (their first). -- The following Sprint Cup teams received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying template inspection twice: Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 1 (driver Jamie McMurray ) and No. 42 ( Kyle Larson ), Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 ( Austin Dillon ), Roush Fenway Racing's No. 6 ( Trevor Bayne ), Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 10 ( Danica Patrick ) and No. 14 ( Tony Stewart ), HScott Motorsports' No. 15 (Clint Bowyer), Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 19 ( Carl Edwards ), Wood Brothers Racing's No. 21 ( Ryan Blaney ), JTG Daugherty Racing's No. 47 (AJ Allmendinger) and BK Racing's No. 83 (Matt DiBenedetto). -- The Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet team for driver Ty Dillon in the NASCAR XFINITY Series was also issued a written warning for failing template inspection three times before qualifying. </p>
Team Penske celebrates 100th NSCS win
Roger Penske talks about the significance of reaching 100 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins.
Roger Penske defends Logano and Keselowski after Daytona
Roger Penske joined SiriusXM radio defending both Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski after the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Harvick, 4 team aim to close deal at New Hampshire
RELATED: See what happened to Harvick last fall LOUDON, N.H. -- During the past two years, Kevin Harvick has led more laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway than any other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Yet in each of those four starts, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver failed to come away with the victory. Harvick, the 2014 series champion, has led 379 of 1,209 laps at the 1.058-mile venue located in Loudon, New Hampshire. He led 216 at NHMS last year in the fall race, the second of 10 that made up Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff. But his No. 4 Chevrolet ran out of fuel with less than three laps remaining, and after pitting, Harvick finished 21st . His two previous starts at NHMS had resulted in third-place finishes after leading 59 laps in the July race of '15 and 104 the race the previous fall. "That's one I want to win really bad because I feel like we've given so many away there," Rodney Childers, Harvick's crew chief, said earlier this week. "Last fall we had a stinking good car, didn't get it full on the last stop, didn't realize it wasn't full. We ran probably the whole last run still leading the race and still ran out." Harvick has one win this year, at Phoenix, and has been the series points leader for much of the season. His return as one of 16 Chase competitors for this year is all but guaranteed. Only one of his 32 career wins have come at the "Magic Mile" however, and that took place nearly a decade ago. While Harvick has done nearly everything but win at Loudon in recent years, the victories have gone to others. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch swept the two races last season and Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were in Victory Lane in '14. Keselowski is the only other competitor in the same vicinity as Harvick when it comes to laps led at NHMS, with 321 to his credit. He's the series' most recent winner, claiming back-to-back victories at Daytona and Kentucky. Childers has one New Hampshire victory, guiding Brian Vickers to the win in 2013. It was the final win for the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing organization. Helping put Harvick back there would be big. Coming off a ninth-place run at Kentucky was a nice rebound after finishing 39th at Daytona a week earlier. "Every time we've been (to New Hampshire) we've been really good so hopefully we can go up there and be good again," Childers said. "I think having that good run last week at Kentucky gave everybody a little bit of confidence back. It's time to start ramping things up and get ready for the Chase." On Friday, Harvick qualified eighth in the 40-car field. He was 21st in Friday's opening practice and fourth in Saturday's two sessions. The New Hampshire 301 is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Logano's win brings milestones for Penske , Ford, Roush Yates
RELATED: Results " Post-Michigan standings " Chase Grid " Day in photos With each race it hosts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Michigan International Speedway offers extra incentives to the three manufacturers, given the track's proximity to the automaker hub of Detroit. With Joey Logano 's victory Sunday, Ford earned bragging rights and savored multiple historic milestones as a bonus. Ford took home the track's Heritage Trophy thanks to Logano's first Sprint Cup victory of the season in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford. His triumph in the FireKeepers Casino 400 marked the 50th win for team owner Roger Penske during his association with Ford. In fact, 23 of Penske's 50 wins have come since 2013 -- a nod to the dynamic duo that is Logano and teammate Brad Keselowski . Walt Czarnecki -- vice chairman of Team Penske , which is celebrating its 50th year in motorsports -- said he spoke by phone in Victory Lane with the organization's founder, who was watching his IndyCar operation participate in a rain-delayed event at Texas Motor Speedway . "MIS has such a special meaning and such a special place in the history of our company," Czarnecki said, "so to win here, it means a lot, and ( Penske ) was pretty excited, and in fact I told him, I really think the performance today was flawless by the team , and he absolutely agreed." The race also resulted in the 100th premier-series win for Roush Yates Engines, the engine-building powerhouse formed after the 2003 season with deep-rooted ties to Ford. "The win here in Michigan, to make these guys proud of what we do, is something that really means a lot to us," said Doug Yates, the chief engine builder and son of NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Robert Yates. "We take a lot of pride in that, and it's something that is really, really special. As you can tell, I'm pretty emotional and pretty excited about it, and I'm sure my dad and I will go over it. But Ford Motor Company has been a huge part of his career and my career, and we want to keep it going for a long time for now." Logano led 138 of the 200 laps in Sunday's 400-mile race. Of his 15 career victories in the Sprint Cup Series, 13 have come in Team Penske Fords with Roush Yates Engines since the 2013 season. "This is where I got -- (crew chief) Todd (Gordon) and I got our first Cup win together with Team Penske , so it's been a special place for us," Logano said. "It's been a good race track for us ever since then, but it's nice to be able to break through once again." Ford has registered 642 victories all-time in NASCAR's premier series. Of those wins, 74 have come with the Fusion, which became the manufacturer's model of choice for NASCAR in 2006.
JRM, JGR, Penske XFINITY Series teams assessed P2 penalities
Six NASCAR XFINITY Series crew chiefs have been placed on probation through Dec. 31 after receiving P2 Level penalties for irregularities discovered following pre-race inspection for this past weekend's American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway . All six of the vehicles in question were singled out for right-side body panel modifications; five of the six drivers of those vehicles finished in the top 10 in Sunday's race, including winner Sam Hornish Jr . Those penalized were: • Chris Gayle, crew chief of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. Hornish made his first start of the '16 season when he was called on to fill in for driver Matt Tifft ; • Chris Gabehart, crew chief of the JGR No. 20 Toyota driven by Erik Jones . Jones finished 27th; • Team Penske crew chief Brian Wilson; driver Brad Keselowski finished third in the No. 22 Ford; • David Elenz, Kevin Meendering and Jason Burdett, all crew chiefs for JR Motorsports, were among those placed on probation as well. Elenz heads up the No. 88 Chevrolet for JRM. The entry uses a variety of drivers throughout the year and saw Alex Bowman finish fifth with the team at Iowa. Meendering is crew chief for driver Elliott Sadler (No. 1 Chevrolet); Sadler finished sixth. Burdett oversees the No. 7 Chevrolet with driver Justin Allgaier for the organization. Allgaier finished seventh. In addition to the P2 Level penalties, the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing team with driver Ryan Reed received a written warning for failing the laser inspection station three times during pre-race inspection. As a result, the team has been docked 15 minutes of practice time at the series' next event. Also failing the LIS on two occasions, and receiving written warnings only, were the teams of Sadler, Daniel Suarez (JGR No. 19) and Harrison Rhodes (MBM Motorsports No. 13 Chevrolet). The XFINITY Series is off this weekend and returns to action Friday, July 1 at Daytona International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Team Penske celebrates milestone with with Ford, Roush Yates Engines
Doug Yates and Team Penske's Walt Czarnecki speak to Joey Logano's win at Michigan International Speedway which was Roush Yates Engines 100th victory with Ford.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standings
After Race 20 of the 2016 season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 671 0 -- 1 0 20 2 Team Penske 2 647 -24 -24 2 0 20 3 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 627 -44 -20 3 0 20 4 Team Penske 22 606 -65 -21 5 1 20 5 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 601 -70 -5 6 1 20 6 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 593 -78 -8 4 -2 20 7 Furniture Row Racing 78 573 -98 -20 7 0 20 8 Hendrick Motorsports 48 552 -119 -21 8 0 20 9 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 545 -126 -7 9 0 20 10 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 542 -129 -3 10 0 20 11 Hendrick Motorsports 24 525 -146 -17 11 0 20 12 Richard Childress Racing 3 520 -151 -5 13 1 20 13 Richard Childress Racing 31 507 -164 -13 12 -1 20 14 Hendrick Motorsports 88 504 -167 -3 14 0 20 15 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 496 -175 -8 15 0 20 16 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 472 -199 -24 20 4 20 17 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 469 -202 -3 18 1 20 18 Hendrick Motorsports 5 462 -209 -7 19 1 20 19 Roush Fenway Racing 6 458 -213 -4 16 -3 20 20 Wood Brothers Racing 21 450 -221 -8 17 -3 20 21 Roush Fenway Racing 17 449 -222 -1 21 0 20 22 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 421 -250 -28 22 0 20 23 Roush Fenway Racing 16 397 -274 -24 23 0 20 24 Richard Childress Racing 27 397 -274 0 24 0 20 25 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 373 -298 -24 25 0 20 26 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 363 -308 -10 26 0 20 27 HScott Motorsports 15 359 -312 -4 27 0 20 28 Germain Racing 13 310 -361 -49 28 0 20 29 Front Row Motorsports 38 305 -366 -5 29 0 20 30 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 95 280 -391 -25 31 1 20 31 BK Racing 23 278 -393 -2 30 -1 20 32 Front Row Motorsports 34 237 -434 -41 34 2 20 33 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 234 -437 -3 33 0 20 34 Richard Petty Motorsports 44 234 -437 0 32 -2 20 35 Premium Motorsports 98 204 -467 -30 36 1 20 36 BK Racing 83 201 -470 -3 35 -1 20 37 HScott Motorsports 46 186 -485 -15 37 0 20 38 GO FAS Racing 32 161 -510 -25 38 0 20 39 Premium Motorsports 55 125 -546 -36 39 0 15 40 The Motorsports Group 30 93 -578 -32 40 0 20 41 Front Row Motorsports 35 46 -625 -47 41 0 3 42 Circle Sport - Leavine Family 59 26 -645 -20 42 0 1 43 BK Racing 93 11 -660 -15 43 0 4 44 BK Racing 26 3 -668 -8 44 0 1 45 Hillman Racing 40 0 -671 -3 45 0 1