By AMANDA VINCENT
The No. 2 Team Penske Ford team of Brad Keselowski in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was penalized as a result of failing post-race laser inspection following the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Aug. 28, according to NASCAR’s weekly penalty/warning report, released on Wednesday. Crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $15,000. Meanwhile, Keselowski was docked 10 championship driver points and the team lost 10 car owner points. Keselowski finished third in the race at MIS.
The points penalty will not hurt the team, as points will be resent later this month with the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship postseason. Keselowski already is locked into the Chase with four wins, so far, this season.
In addition to the penalties for failing post-race inspection, the No. 2 team received a written warning for twice failing pre-race laser inspection. Other teams receiving similar warnings included the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet team of Regan Smith, the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team of Ryan Newman and the No. 95 Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet team of Michael McDowell.
They weren’t the only team that received warnings. The No. 30 TMG Chevrolet team of Josh Wise and McDowell’s No. 95 team received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying laser inspection three times. Those two teams also were docked 15 minutes of practice time.
The No. 5 and No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet teams of Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott and the No. 46 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet team of Michael Annett received written warnings for twice failing pre-qualifying laser inspection.
The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team of Trevor Bayne, Smith’s No. 7 team and the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team of Kyle Larson received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying template inspection twice.
Meanwhile, one penalty was assessed in the Camping World Truck Series after the Michigan race weekend. Driver Spencer Gallagher was fined $5,000 for walking on the racing surface as other race vehicles were in motion on the race track.
No written warnings were handed out to Truck Series competitors, but one was issued in the Xfinity Series after that series’ race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Aug. 27. The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team (driven by Owen Kelly at Road America) received a warning as a result of twice failing pre-race laser inspection.
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