Michael Waltrip Racing penalties explained

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By now everyone has obviously heard that NASCAR lowered the boom on Michael Waltrip Racing for what happened at Richmond last Saturday night. I really have mixed emotions about all of it. I mean, it really broke my heart that after one of the most exciting […]

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No roof flap penalties

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NASCAR has announced that no penalties will be assessed to the 31 Sprint Cup and Nationwide series teams that had illegal roof flaps last week at Daytona International Speedway. “We examined this from every aspect we possibly could and determined that there would be no penalties […]

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Mike Helton: NASCAR not undermined

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NASCAR president Mike Helton insists the governing body did not have its power undermined by recent reductions in penalties through the appeal process. “I don’t feel like this in anyway undermines what we do,” Helton said Friday at Darlington Raceway. “And in most cases the process […]

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Is it time for NASCAR to judge intent with penalties?

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NASCAR’s iron-fisted authority has been virtually unchallenged throughout its 65-year history, giving officials carte blanche to run the sport how they see fit. But when two NASCAR-issued penalties were reduced this week under appeal, it led toquestions about whether the sanctioning body’s ability to govern the […]

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Keselowski, Logano penalties altered

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National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook on Tuesday upheld the fines and points penalties against Penske Racing but reduced the suspensions of seven crew members from six to two NASCAR Sprint Cup points races — a stretch including the All-Star Race at Charlotte […]

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Penske drivers lose initial appeals

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Penske Racing on Wednesday lost its initial appeal of penalties against the Sprint Cup teams of reigning champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. The National Stock Car Racing panel unanimously upheld fines, point penalties and suspensions issued for unapproved rear housing parts discovered during inspection of […]

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NASCAR defends penalties against Matt Kenseth

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Joe Gibbs Racing was still smarting Friday over the severity of the penalties NASCAR levied this week after an underweight part was found in Matt Kenseth’s engine. The issue is not whether the part was illegal. Because one of eight connecting rods failed to meet the […]

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Matt Kenseth rips NASCAR ruling

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Matt Kenseth says the penalties NASCAR levied against his Sprint Cup team and Joe Gibbs Racing were “grossly unfair’” and “borderline shameful.” Kenseth was penalized 50 points in the standings Wednesday, and his crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, was suspended for six races and fined $200,000 because […]

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