Jayski reported Tuesday that Hendrick Motorsports may have been the ones to warn NASCAR that both Penske Racing cars, the No. 2 and No. 22, may have had illegal rear-end housings this past weekend. Jimmie Johnson’s car was parked next to Brad Keselowski’s and Jeff Gordon’s car was next to Joey Logano’s in the garage all weekend at Texas. Hendrick Motorsports had a birds eye view of the Penske cars, giving them access to watch what whatever the Penske teams were working on.
Speculation is that Hendrick Motorsports crew members ease dropped on Penkse Racing’s communication during practice sessions on the scanner. Through listening to Penske’s communication and being parked next to both cars in the garage, Hendrick Motorsports may have saw or head something that they knew was illegal.
As the story goes, Hendrick Motorsports went to NASCAR and tipped them off on Penske Racing’s actions over the weekend. That led to NASCAR confiscating the rear-end housing on both the No. 2 and No. 22 hours before the race. If Hendrick Motorsports did not tip off NASCAR about the Penske cars then they may have never been caught. But now both Penske Racing crew chiefs, Todd Gordon and Paul Wolfe, may be facing multiple week suspensions as well as heavy fines. The Penske teams/drivers may also be facing major point deductions.
Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition, did not specify if the rear-end housings on the Penske cars were illegal but obviously there was something NASCAR did not like. Penalties for the No. 2 and No. 22 teams may possibly come Wednesday as Brad Keselowski will be at the White House Tuesday to celebrate his 2012 Sprint Cup championship. NASCAR will not want to take away from Brad Keselowski’s moment until it is over.