NASCAR suspended crewchiefs Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon for six point-counting races and the non-point NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, a penalty that was upheld by a three-member NSCRC panel last week. Car chiefs Jerry Kelley and Raymond Fox, engineers Brian Wilson and Samuel Stanley and team manager Travis Geisler were suspended for identical periods.
Penske Racing exercised its right to a final appeal, and Middlebrook trimmed the suspensions from six point-counting races to two today, in addition to the All-Star Race. All remaining sanctions, including monetary fines, driver and owner point penalties and NASCAR probation, were left intact.
“After looking at all the facts and data and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties,” said Middlebrook. “However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six point-races and the All-Star Race to two points races and the All-Star Race.”
“It’s not a total win,” said Penske Racing President Tim Cindric, “but getting our whole team back in place four races earlier gives us a big boost.”