The list of post race penalties in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after last weekend’s event in Phoenix, Arizona may not be long, but sometimes big things come in small packages. Two high profile crew chiefs will not be seen in the garage area for the next event at Auto Club Speedway and for one of them, it will be an extended vacation.
The first of the two penalties listed in NASCAR’s report went to the No. 2 Team of Brad Keselowski and Crew Chief Paul Wolfe. NASCAR leveled a L1 penalty against the team for failing post race rear wheel steer on the LIS or Laser Inspection System. Wolfe will be suspended for the next three MENCS points events and fined $65,000. Additionally, Keselowski and owner Roger Penske were docked 35 points.
Keselowski told FoxSports 1’s NASCAR Race Hub that Brian Wilson, who served as Joey Logano’s crew chief last weekend for his XFINITY Series win, will step in for Wolfe while he sits out.
Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Ford also had issues in the post race inspection, as his track bar came under scrutiny. NASCAR found a track bar slider which was not approved by series officials. Crew Chief Rodney Childers has been suspended from the next MENCS points event, and will be fined $25,000. Team Owners Tony Stewart and Gene Haas will lose 10 owner points, and Harvick was also docked 10 points.
All penalties and fines can be appealed to NASCAR, however at the time of this article’s writing no information on any action by teams is available.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next event is scheduled for Auto Club Speedway, with the running of the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 26.
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