Penske Racing will have a few speed bumps to get over in the next couple of weeks following the latest appeal to NASCAR.
Following their last and final appeal for penalties following the race at Texas Motor Speedway, Penske Racing walked out of their final appeal with a minor victory as they had some of their initial penalties overturned. As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its way into Darlington Raceway, both the No.2 and No.22 teams will begin to deal with a challenge that has been put in their way.
When NASCAR first penalized the teams of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, it was going to cost both teams a lot not only within the point standings, but performance-wise as well. Despite the 25-point deduction in the driver and owner standings, both team were going to lose team members, especially crew chiefs for about six races. After the final appeal, that penalty will be lowered to two races and the All-Star race.
The suspensions for crew chiefs Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon, car chiefs Jerry Kelley and Raymond Fox, engineers Brian Wilson and Samuel Stanley, along with competition director Travis Geiseler are going to take its toll on the teams, but it’s a hurdle that both will have to overcome.
All suspended members play a major part in both teams, especially the crew chiefs for both Keselowski and Logano. Going two weeks without their major team members can hurt both drivers’ performances, especially in two big races of the year.
Heading into Darlington and Charlotte will be a challenge for both Keselowski and Logano with the changes that are heading their way, as the suspensions go into full effect beginning at Darlington. Two races may seem like a hard challenge, taking into consideration one of the longest races of the year in the Coca Cola 600, but both drivers will be able to make it through.
Going into the unknown following the suspensions and the changes to the teams, it will be interesting to see how both teams adapt. Since the initial penalties, both teams have yet to find consistent results. The good part heading into the next couple of weeks will be that it will only be for two races, rather then the original six.