Keselowski, Logano's teams hit with severe penalties

NASCAR handed down severe penalties to Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano's teams at Penske Racing, with a total of seven members suspended for illegal parts found on their cars this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion, and Logano both received a loss of 25 points. Roger Penske, who is listed as the owner of Keselowski's No. 2 car, and Walt Czarnecki, the owner of Logano's No. 22 car, were docked 25 points as well.

Keselowski went from second in the point standings to fourth, while Logano dropped from ninth to 14th.

According to NASCAR, the No. 2 and No. 22 cars "were found to be in violation of Sections 12-1; 12-4J and 20-12 (all suspension systems and components must be approved by NASCAR.

"Prior to being used in competition, all suspension systems and components must be submitted, in a completed form/assembly, to the office of the NASCAR Competition Administrator for consideration of approval and approved by NASCAR. Each such part may thereafter be used until NASCAR determines that such part is no longer eligible.

"All suspension fasteners and mounting hardware must be made of solid magnetic steel. All front end and rear end suspension mounts with mounting hardware assembled must have single round mounting holes that are the correct size for the fastener being used. All front end and rear end suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension component beyond normal rotation or suspension travel)."

The violations on both cars were discovered during pre-race inspection at Texas.

Paul Wolfe, who is the crew chief for the No. 2 team, was suspended from NASCAR competition for the next six races, as well as the May 18 Sprint All- Star event, and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Wolfe also received a $100,000 fine.

Keselowski's car chief, Jerry Kelley, team engineer, Brian Wilson, and team manager Travis Geisler, who also serves as team manager for the No. 2, were suspended for the next six races as well.

Logano's crew chief, Todd Gordon, received the same penalties as Wolfe (six- race suspension, probation for the remainder of the year and a $100,000 fine). Car chief Raymond Fox and team engineer Samuel Stanley are also out the next six events.

Penske Racing said in a statement that they will appeal the penalties.

NASCAR also penalized Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 56 team for an infraction that occurred at Texas. Officials discovered during post-race inspection that the front end Truex's car failed to meet the minimum height requirement. He finished second in the 500-mile event.

Chad Johnston, who is Truex's crew chief, was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until June 5. Truex and car owner Michael Waltrip were penalized with a loss of six points each.

Truex dropped three spots in the point rankings to 19th.

Michael Waltrip Racing said it will not appeal the penalty.

These are the first major penalties NASCAR has issued to any Sprint Cup team since the new race car, the Gen 6, made its competition debut at the start of this season.