Concord, NC (Sports Network) - Penske Racing had the suspensions for seven of its members reduced on Tuesday after NASCAR issued heavy penalties to the team for rules violations that occurred last month at Texas Motor Speedway.
National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook heard Penske's final appeal at NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord. Middlebrook upheld the fines and points assessed to Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano's teams for the rules violation at Texas. He reduced the suspension period for those team members from six points-paying races to two. They will not be allowed to participate in race activities at Darlington Raceway (May 11) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 26), as well as the all-star event at Charlotte (May 18). Their return will be the first weekend in June at Dover International Speedway.
NASCAR assessed the penalties to Penske four days following the April 13 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas. Officials found illegal parts on Keselowski's No. 2 car and Logano's No. 22 during pre-race inspection.
Six days ago, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel upheld the penalties. Team owner Roger Penske then filed for a final hearing in front of Middlebrook.