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NASCAR penalizes Brad Keselowski's No. 22 Penske Racing Nationwide team

By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

NASCAR announced Wednesday penalties to the winning No. 22 Penske Dodge team of driver Brad Keselowski for violations discovered during inspection after the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Keselowski was docked 50 championship points and owner-of-record Jodi Geschickter 50 owner points for the infractions—25 points each for the use of an unapproved right front shock and 25 points each for the use of an unapproved left front spring.

Though Keselowski remains at the top of the Nationwide Series standings, the penalty reduced his lead over second-place Kevin Harvick from 60 to 10 points.

NASCAR fined No. 22 crew chief Paul Wolfe $20,000 total for the two infractions. Keselowski’s victory in the Aaron’s 312 was Wolfe’s first as a Nationwide crew chief.

In addition, NASCAR fined Bob Schacht, crew chief of the No. 75 Chevrolet driven by Bobby Gerhart, $7,500 and Newt Moore, crew chief of the No. 05 Chevrolet driven by Willie Allen, $2,500 for violations discovered last Thursday during opening-day inspection. Gerhart finished 25th; Allen failed to qualify for the race.

Schacht was fined for two separate violations: $5,000 for reinforcement that extended beyond the coil spring mounting pad and $2,500 for the use of hollow bolts in the truck trailing arms and panhard bar. Moore’s fine was for the use of non-magnetic steel rear jacking bolts.