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Penske Racing won a partial victory Tuesday in its final appeal to have penalties against the Sprint Cup teams of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano overturned or reduced.
NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook upheld all the fines and point penalties, but he reduced the suspensions of seven crew members from six races to two races. The crew members still will be suspended for the May 18 All-Star Race.
A week ago, the National Stock Car Racing panel unanimously upheld NASCAR’s penalties, sending the final decision to Middlebrook.
NASCAR said Tuesday that Ryan Newman will not be fined for his rebuke of NASCAR on live television following a late accident at Talladega.
Newman’s race ended Sunday in a 12-car accident when Kurt Busch’s car barrel-rolled on top of his car.
Newman said his TV interview was solely to complain that NASCAR had made plenty of safety advances but still couldn’t figure out how to keep cars on the track. He used a vulgarity in his interview.
Consider Tony Stewart officially jealous that fellow NASCAR driver Kurt Busch gets to test an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this week.
The five-time Indianapolis 500 starter said today that he plans to call Busch “to see if there’s anything I can do to help him.”
Busch, like Stewart a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, will test Thursday with Andretti Autosport. Stewart believes Busch is more than capable of showing well.