ATLANTA, GA. (THECOUNT) — NASCAR officers issued a L2-level penalty to the No. 6 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing crew on Thursday morning, penalizing the crew 100 driver factors and 100 proprietor factors to considerably impression its path to the postseason.
The penalty got here beneath Sections 14.1 and 14.5 within the NASCAR Rule Ebook, each of which pertain to the modification of a single supply equipped half, in line with NASCAR.
Along with the factors penalties, crew chief Matt McCall was fined $100,000 and suspended from the subsequent 4 NASCAR Cup Sequence factors races. Ought to the No. 6 crew of Brad Keselowski qualify for the NASCAR Cup Sequence Playoffs, it will likely be penalized with the lack of 10 NASCAR Playoff factors.
Previous to Sunday’s race at Atlanta, Keseowski’s No. 6 automotive was despatched to the rear of the sector for unapproved changes. The violations introduced Thursday morning had been found throughout teardown inspection on the NASCAR R&D Heart following the race weekend.
The 100-point penalty will take Keselowski from sixteenth within the factors standings with 122 factors to thirty fifth, behind each full-time driver within the subject.
NASCAR officers launched a extra stringent penalty construction for the 2022 Cup Sequence season in January, introducing a listing of deterrence choices on a three-tiered system — from L1 to L3.
Penalty choices for a L2 infraction embody:
• Factors deductions: 75-120 factors
• Playoff factors deductions: 10-25 factors
• Suspension of 1 or two crewmembers for 4-6 races
• Fines: $100,000-$250,000
“To ensure that all of these issues keep above board, there’s going to should be a tradition shift from the best way that the groups and NASCAR, for that matter, have achieved enterprise,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competitors Scott Miller mentioned earlier this 12 months. “So this deterrence mannequin has extra meat in it, extra significant penalties, however I believe all of us thought that it was time for this with the introduction of the brand new automotive.”
Additionally introduced on Thursday’s penalty report: Veteran crew chief Eddie Troconis was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating Sections 4.3 and 4.43 of the rule guide, which pertain to member conduct.
Troconis’ NASCAR membership was beforehand suspended on Oct. 6 and reinstated Feb. 11.