Brad Keselowski will drop two places in the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship after losing six points following his car failing a front ride-height test at the end of last weekend's race at Dover International Speedway.
Keselowski finished fifth in the race and earned 40 points from the event. The result stands, as NASCAR does not believe in retrospectively adjusting race results but instead handles infractions using penalties based on the deduction of points and the imposition of fines.
The loss of six driver points as well as six car owner points for Roger Penske is in line with the penalty handed out to Martin Truex Jr. for a similar breach of technical regulations by the #56 Michael Waltrip Racing team earlier in the season.
There had been concerns that Keselowski and the team could be handed a more severe penalty, as it was the first race back from suspension for crew chief Paul Wolfe who is still on NASCAR probation following the team being found to have used unapproved rear suspension components on the car at Texas.
The probation could have given NASCAR grounds for making the penalties much more severe. Instead, Wolfe himself gets a $25,000 fine and his probation will continue until the end of the current season.
The sanction notice cited breaches of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20-12.8.1B (the car failed to meet the minimum front car heights during post-race inspection) of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup rule book.
NASCAR may have thought twice before imposing even heavier penalties to make an example, after they lost two high-profile appeals recently on the grounds that the punishments originally handed out were too severe and not proportionate to the original offence.
In the case of Penske's appeal, suspensions on Wolfe and other key members of the team were reduced from six to just two Cup races. However, Keselowski's loss of 25 points for that infraction remained. (See story
In another appeal brought by Joe Gibbs Racing over a single engine rod being found to be underweight in Matt Kenseth's race winning car, almost all of NASCAR's sanctions were significantly reduced on appeal. (See story