Team Penske loses appeal of NASCAR penalty



The No. 2 Team Penske squad lost its case with the National Motorsports Appeal Panel on Wednesday.

NASCAR originally fined the team $65,000 and docked Brad Keselowski 35 driver points, team owner Roger Penske 35 owner points, and crew chief Paul Wolfe was suspended for three races after failing post-race laser inspection following the Monster Energy Cup race at Phoenix Raceway on March 19.

The Panel, consisting of Rick Crawford, Hunter Nickell and Dale Pinilis, upheld the L1 level penalty which violated Sections 20.17.3.1.2 Post-Race General Inspection Measurements from the NASCAR Rule Book. Keselowski’s fifth-place finish at Phoenix was encumbered.

Wolfe initially served the first of the three-race suspension when he sat at from Auto Club Speedway on March 26. However, Team Penske elected to appeal the violation the following week.

In addition to the panel’s decision, the release stated, “The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book.”

Team Penske did not respond to Motorsport.com’s request for comment prior to this report. If the team does not take its case to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Wolfe will complete his suspension with the next two Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.