NASCAR fines Team Penske

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel on Wednesday denied an appeal by Team Penske stemming from an L1 infraction after Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford failed a post-race NASCAR inspection at Phoenix Raceway, but the team will exercise one final appeal to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer.

“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 a release. “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.”

Crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $65,000 and suspended for three Monster Energy NASCAR Series Cup races – he sat one before the appeal was made – Team Penske docked 35 owner points and Keselowski the same. The fifth-place finish was considered encumbered. Keselowski is virtually assured a spot in the Cup playoffs anyway with a series-leading two wins, but 35 more points would currently move him from fourth to second place, and within six of leader Kyle Larson. The regular-season points leader earns a 15-point bonus entering the playoffs.

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