NASCAR Penalizes Penske, Gibbs & JR
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Team Penske No. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, which won last Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was among three teams penalized by NASCAR Wednesday afternoon.
Brad Keselowski guided the No. 22 Ford Mustang to his first victory at the 1.5-mile superspeedway, but in post-race inspection NASCAR officials found that the team had utilized a shock absorber that exceeded the maximum gas pressure. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins has been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
Elliott Sadler drove his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to a 13th-place finish, but his team was cited during opening-day inspection for having weight attached to the car in an unapproved location. Chris Gayle, crew chief on Sadler’s No. 11, has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. In addition, car chief Todd Brewer has also been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
Meanwhile, the fifth-place finishing JR Motorsports Chevrolet wheeled by Chase Elliott was found to have surpassed the minimum front height requirement during post-race inspection. Crew chief Greg Ives has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.