Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NASCAR docks Keselowski 6 points

NASCAR has penalized driver Brad Keselowski six points for having an illegally low front end during Sunday's race at Dover.

Keselowski's Ford failed post-race inspection after his No. 2 Penske Racing team said a spring broke, causing the problem.

Crew chief Paul Wolfe was also fined $25,000 for the infraction. He will remain on probation until Dec. 31 for a violation the team was found guilty of in Texas earlier this season. Team owner Roger Penske will also be docked six car owner points.

Penske Racing said in a statement that the penalties will not be appealed:

"The Penske Racing No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion experienced a part failure during Sunday's Dover Spring Cup Series Race which resulted in the car's front end being too low when presented for post-race inspection. The problem is being addressed internally to ensure it does not occur again and the team is not planning to appeal the penalty."

NASCAR found Keselowski's car to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20-12.8.1B (car failed to meet minimum front car heights during post-race inspection).

Losing the six points drops Keselowski from eighth to 10th in the Sprint Cup points standings. -- David Scott

The annual "Summer Shootout" is set to begin at Charlotte Motor Speedway


   The Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series will celebrate 20 years when it returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway June 10 through July 30. The 10-night, eight-week racing series features the best Legend Car and Bandolero competition in the country.

   In addition to Legend Cars and Bandoleros, fans can enjoy exhibition races including the principal school bus race, lawn mower racing and stadium stock racing.

   This year’s schedule features back-to-back nights of racing on both the first week of the series and the last week, resulting in 10 nights of racing over eight weeks.

   In addition, returning series sponsor Jack in the Box will provide giveaways each week to the first 1,000 fans to enter the gates. These items include sports bags, lanyards, Frisbees and more.

   For the 20th year, more than 150 Legend Car and Bandolero competitors will travel across the country to battle on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval for the prestigious Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series championship.

   Racing will be televised on the Fox Sports South network, with a recap show airing each Monday following the event at 6 p.m. and a re-air on the following Saturday. Fans should check their local listings for more information.

   Tickets to the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series are just $7 for adults and kids 13 and under get in free and are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 6:45 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.

   For more information, call (800) 455-FANS (3267).