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MORE: XFINITY owner standings " Camping World owner standings Rank Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts. Attempts 1 Furniture Row Racing 78 780 0 0 3 14 29 20 2 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 732 -48 -48 2 3 13 20 3 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 683 -97 -49 1 3 8 20 4 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 673 -107 -10 0 7 7 20 5 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 612 -168 -61 1 2 7 20 6 Team Penske 2 601 -179 -11 2 3 13 20 7 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 599 -181 -2 0 0 0 20 8 Hendrick Motorsports 24 588 -192 -11 0 2 2 20 9 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 566 -214 -22 0 2 2 20 10 Hendrick Motorsports 48 564 -216 -2 3 1 16 20 11 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 533 -247 -31 0 0 0 20 12 Wood Brothers Racing 21 516 -264 -17 1 3 8 20 13 Team Penske 22 515 -265 -1 1 1 1 20 14 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 463 -317 -52 1 0 5 20 15 Richard Childress Racing 31 462 -318 -1 1 0 5 20 16 Roush Fenway Racing 17 443 -337 -19 2 0 10 20 17 Furniture Row Racing 77 440 -340 -3 0 0 0 20 18 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 434 -346 -6 0 0 0 20 19 Roush Fenway Racing 6 386 -394 -48 0 0 0 20 20 Hendrick Motorsports 5 383 -397 -3 1 0 5 20 21 Richard Childress Racing 3 379 -401 -4 1 0 5 20 22 Hendrick Motorsports 88 353 -427 -26 0 0 0 20 23 Richard Childress Racing 27 345 -435 -8 0 0 0 20 24 Germain Racing 13 340 -440 -5 0 0 0 20 25 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 337 -443 -3 0 0 0 20 26 JTG Daugherty Racing 37 311 -469 -26 0 0 0 20 27 Leavine Family Racing 95 305 -475 -6 0 0 0 20 28 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 302 -478 -3 0 0 0 20 29 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 280 -500 -22 0 0 0 20 30 Front Row Motorsports 38 251 -529 -29 0 0 0 20 31 GO FAS Racing 32 232 -548 -19 0 0 0 20 32 Front Row Motorsports 34 218 -562 -14 0 0 0 20 33 TriStar Motorsports 72 213 -567 -5 0 0 0 20 34 Premium Motorsports 15 162 -618 -51 0 0 0 20 35 BK Racing 23 139 -641 -23 0 0 0 20 36 BK Racing 83 125 -655 -14 0 0 0 18 37 Circle Sport / TMG 33 97 -683 -28 0 0 0 20 38 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 75 -705 -22 0 0 0 6 39 Beard Motorsports 175 67 -713 -8 0 0 0 3 40 Premium Motorsports 55 54 -726 -13 0 0 0 16 41 Rick Ware Racing 51 50 -730 -4 0 0 0 17 42 Horace Long 266 44 -736 -6 0 0 0 4 43 Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 1 -779 -43 0 0 0 2
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;
Team Penske No. 2 final appeal to be heard Tuesday
The final appeal for Team Penske ’s L1-level penalties will be heard Tuesday at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. Roger Werner, chairman of ACCUS, will serve as the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer over the appeal. Bryan Moss is unavailable to serve in that capacity Tuesday. 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 International 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 penalty 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.
Melding Team Penske and SHR forges a stronger Ford
RELATED: Race recap " Results " Standings It isn't unprecedented, but it is impressive. For the first time since 2009, and only the second since 1992, Ford teams have won the season's first two races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Meanwhile, six of the top 10 drivers in the point standings come from the Ford camp and this year's two winners -- Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski -- have put themselves squarely in line for the season-ending 10-race playoffs. Granted, winning early and often isn't unusual -- Chevrolet teams won the first three races of the 2010 season and a whopping 13 of 14 out of the gate in '07. Three of the past five seasons have seen a more balanced beginning with each of the three manufacturers -- Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota -- winning one of the first three races in various orders. It's ridiculously early to be calling anything a trend. The two season-opening Ford wins in '09 didn't portend of great things for the company that year -- only one more win came its way the remainder of the season. But the past year or so has provided much in the way of Ford's renewed commitment to NASCAR as part of the Ford Performance program. Meanwhile, the early returns on the addition of Stewart-Haas Racing to the fold have been nothing but positive. In addition to Busch's Daytona 500 victory, Kevin Harvick managed everything but collecting the trophy in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta. Harvick won the first two stages and led all but 33 laps of the 325-lap race. Both Busch and Harvick compete for SHR. Team Penske has shouldered the majority of the workload for Ford in recent seasons while Roush Fenway Racing tries to re-establish itself as a contender. They aren't the only kids on the Ford block, just the two most successful. But with SHR so competitive so soon, it's hard not to notice. "We're racers," Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition for SHR, told NASCAR.com. "We're old-school racers. Our guys have worked hard to get everything done; I know everyone says that, but they worked long hours and they did it every day" to complete the switch from Chevrolet to Ford. MORE: Harvick tops Stages 1, 2 " No win, but plenty of success for Harvic k SHR fields four cars at NASCAR's top level for drivers Harvick, Busch, Clint Bowyer and Danica Patrick. The organization also added one full-time and one part-time XFINITY Series team this year. More than 100 new employees were added as SHR began building its own chassis and various other machine-shop items. "And anytime you add people, you don't know how long it will take for everyone to get settled and things start to flow," Zipadelli said. Team Penske has ruled the Ford roost from almost the time it left Dodge after a championship season in 2012. The majority of the 14 Ford victories in 2014 came from Team Penske drivers Keselowski and Joey Logano; the following year all seven Ford victories came from Team Penske ; and a year ago it was seven of eight. Close-knit alliances often result in improved results on the track for all parties. Toyota-branded Furniture Row Racing obviously benefited from its association with Joe Gibbs Racing last season and should do so again this year; the SHR/Hendrick pipeline saw two drivers win titles in a three-year period with Harvick in '14 and Jimmie Johnson last season. Team Penske has stayed to itself, going it alone, however. "We pretty much played by ourselves, and I think that that's made us much stronger," said team owner Roger Penske . But he said he realizes the advantages of working alongside a fellow "branded" organization, and SHR has provided that opportunity. "We knew coming in with Stewart‑Haas that they were going to be guys that could set a bar for us," Penske said. "In fact, we built some chassis for them before Daytona, some center sections, and we had our cars in the wind tunnel and compared them. So we know what they have and they know what we have." Seeing an increase in the number of Ford teams running out front and in the top five is a good sign for those organizations. Perhaps the competitive gap has narrowed a bit. "You know how strong the Toyotas have been and the Chevys have been," Penske said. "This gives (Ford teams) at least a chance to say we're on par with these guys. Now, with a couple of wins I'd have to say we might be an inch or two ahead." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&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 18.104.22.168.2 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 22.214.171.124.1 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)."
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.
Logano, crew chief, Shell/Pennzoil re-sign with Team Penske
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! RELATED: Logano nabs victory in 'The Clash' DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Legendary team owner Roger Penske announced Friday a multi-year contract extension with driver Joey Logano , his crew chief Todd Gordon and the Shell/Pennzoil brand that will go through the year 2022 and beyond. The Team Penske namesake emphasized the special nature of the long-term and global business-to-business partnership and especially the example his team has set for the sport in its affiliation with Shell/Pennzoil. "It gave us a chance to combine the business side and also we've used motorsports as a common thread," Penske said. "We're trying to create some value of competitiveness in our business. "For us to say we have a partnership with Shell beyond 2022 is massive for us, not just here but across the business. We've got Joey Logano for the same period and we have Todd Gordon, we think this is one of the biggest announcements in motorsports today. When you talk about the health of the sport, we consider this a watershed time." "This is 30-plus races per year," Penske continued. "We're not going to be changing the logos on the car every other week. This isn't just an announcement about a sponsor, it's about a business relationship … quite honestly it's the foundation of our whole business." Logano was equally as enthused about this opportunity, acknowledging both the rarity of such a long-term contract and the promise the move makes. "It's an amazing honor and opportunity for me," Logano said. "Obviously signing with Team Penske is a huge change in my career. I've learned to surround myself with greatness, people 'smarter than you.' When you think about 22 team and how close we’'ve grown together -- it's a huge advantage for us as a race team to keep the continuity. "I'm very fortunate and exited about this. This was one of those decisions that was a no-brainer. A lot of pressure comes along with this. … I love pressure. Pressure is a privilege and it honestly is a privilege to have this opportunity to race for Roger Penske and Shell and Pennzoil. "(The) fact it all goes together is unheard of. It's a very positive story in our sport to see the commitment of Shell and Pennzoil. It really sets a statement for not only Team Penske but NASCAR as a sport." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
SHR's move to Ford brings new relationship for Team Penske
RELATED: Recapping 2017 Media Tour CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The lines of communication between Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske are open, but it's yet to be determined how each organization will benefit in the coming season. "There are definitely a lot of different avenues where we can work together," Team Penske driver Joey Logano said during Wednesday's NASCAR Media Tour presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway . "It is always an interesting relationship because we still have to race each other but we want to see how we can both grow and make Ford a powerhouse manufacturer … get them a manufacturer's championship and have both our organizations win more races. That's the ultimate goal." Team Penske , which joined the Ford camp in 2013, fields two full-time entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Logano and 2012 series champion Brad Keselowski . Stewart-Haas Racing made the switch from Chevrolet to Ford after the completion of the 2016 season. It's driver lineup consists of 2014 champion Kevin Harvick , 2004 champ Kurt Busch , Clint Bowyer and Danica Patrick . Logano and Keselowski have won 25 times under the Ford banner since the start of '14; SHR drivers have 17 wins over that same period. "Teaming with SHR is a smart move and an impressive move by Ford," Logano said. "It shows their commitment to what they are trying to do and their investment in our sport." RELATED: Ford expects to come out firing with SHR in mix Roush Fenway Racing , Richard Petty Motorsports and Front Row Motorsports are among the organizations that also field Fords in NASCAR's premier series. Ford officials say that technical information gleaned by the manufacturer is provided to all its teams. Individual organizations, however, maintain a certain level of secrecy in the interest of competition. "I think it depends on which facet of racing we’re talking about," Raj Nair, Executive Vice President for Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Co., said recently. "Certainly under the hood with Roush Yates Engines we're providing that continuity and sharing of information across all of our teams. "On the aero work that we're doing on the body, the same level of information is provided to all of the teams. Ford also provides access to a variety of chassis simulation tools, which teams may or may not choose to use. "We're trying to find a little bit of that balance of the things the teams are good at doing themselves, providing them that freedom and flexibility to do that on their own and to some extent compete against each other and see which way is better," Nair said. "But the things where you want to leverage a lot of commonality, the big tools that Ford Motor Company brings, the big investment … try to use that across all our teams." Logano said Ford officials "want us all to work together as much as we can, but we still have to race each other so there is that line there for trading out assets." "There has already been communication and some things are already underway," he said. "It will be interesting to see how that relationship grows over the next few years and how it works out. So far so good." A Ford driver has not won the championship since 2004, although Logano has qualified for the Championship 4 twice in the last three years -- 2014 and 2016. The automaker last won the manufacturer championship in 2002. &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;gt;
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