NASCAR: Penske and MWR hit with huge fines

Both #2 and #22 of Penske Racing and the #56 of Michael Waltrip Racing have been fined for rule violations at last weekends NRA 500 at Texas.

Penske Racing has been hit hardest after Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon, Crew Chiefs of the #2 Miller Lite Ford and #20 Pennzoil Ford, were fined $100,000 and banned for six races. Both teams have also been penalised 25 Driver and Car owner points.

Car Chiefs Jerry Kelly and Raymond Fox also received a six race ban. Drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano will continue to drive the cars, without any punishment

The breach of rules was related to NASCAR’s policy on suspension.

The Crew Chief of the #56 of Michael Waltrip Racing Napa Toyota, Chad Johnston, received a $25,000 fine  and is on probation until June 5. The team has also been docked six driver points.

The car was deemed to be in breach of actions ‘detrimental to Stock car racing.’

Penske will appeal the decision, said: “Penske Racing will appeal utilizing the appropriate NASCAR process. We have no further comment at this time.”

Michael Waltrip Racing doesn’t plan to appeal: “Michael Waltrip Racing is sensitive to working within the guidelines of NASCAR policy. This infraction clearly occurred as a result of a malfunction caused by race conditions. Therefore, we will not appeal. We thank NASCAR for providing a fair and equitable platform for all of its competitors and respect its decisions.”

Watch highlights of the NRA 500 here

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