PENSKE RACING TEAMS PUNISHED
NASCAR has suspended four members of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski's team and three more from Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano for seven races each, saying they used parts without prior approval before last weekend's race at Texas.
The series also stripped the drivers and their owners of 25 points each Wednesday, meaning Keselowski will drop from second to fourth in the Sprint Cup standings and Logano will drop from ninth to 14th. Penske vowed to appeal.
Before Saturday night's race, NASCAR confiscated the original rear-end housing from Keselowski's No. 2 Ford and Logano's No. 22. Logano finished fifth and Keselowski was ninth.
NASCAR suspended Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe and three others for seven races and fined Wolfe $100,000. Logano crew chief Todd Gordon received the same fine and he and two other crew members received the same suspensions.
LARSON LOOKING FOR POSITIVE NOTORIETY
Kyle Larson can't wait for the day the talk is solely about his skills as a driver and not the crashes or close calls that have tainted his rookie season in the Nationwide Series.
The 20-year-old Larson gained attention when his car flew off the track and into the fence at Daytona International Speedway in February. More than two dozen people were hurt when debris, including a tire, went into the grandstands.
Two weeks later, Larson's car was in flames after a crash in Las Vegas. Then last Friday night, Larson nearly slid into a cleanup truck at Texas Motor Speedway after blowing a tire.
Larson capped the week with a checkered flag, though, taking the Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway this past Sunday.