Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Contrary to earlier claims by NASCAR, reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski maintained that the parts confiscated from his car and of his Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano last week at Texas Motor Speedway were approved.
Keselowski’s claim will be tackled when the National Stock Car Racing Commission hears Penske Racing’s appeal to the fines, suspensions and point deductions issued Tuesday.
“Obviously, we’re in an agree-to-disagree stage between Penske Racing and NASCAR,” Keselowski said Friday. “And, thankfully, there’s a third group to settle those disagreements.”
Keselowski and Logano were docked 25 points each while their crew chiefs, car chiefs and lead engineers as well as Keselowski team manager Travis Geisler were suspended for six point races and the All-Star race.
Suspensions will not begin until after the initial decision will be upheld during the appeal.
Keselowski claimed that Penske Racing’s case was similar to what happened to Hendrick Motorsports last year when it appealed penalties against Jimmie Johnson’s team for an illegal C-post.
Johnson won the appeal after most of the penalties were reversed on the second and final level of hearing.
“Yeah, there’s definitely some similarities,” Keselowski said. “I’m not going to say it’s an identical situation, but there definitely are some similarities.”
NASCAR maintained its ruling that no changes could be made to the rear-end housings late last season. The ruling was re-emphasized repeatedly during the offseason.
“I feel like it’s pretty clear NASCAR’s stance on those type of components,” four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon said. “I feel like over the last couple of years they have really stepped it up on getting parts approved.
“They see something that somebody is doing, and if they don’t feel like it is blatantly intentional against the rules, then there is usually a time frame where people start pushing the limited too far and then they make a rule,” Gordon added.
Last year, Keselowski criticized NASCAR for allowing Hendrick Motorsports to adjust its rear end housing which allegedly resulted to unfair advantage.
After Keselowski’s statement, NASCAR defined how far teams could push the rear end housing.