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Brad Keselowski‘s No. 6 Ford Mustang team has been docked 100 driver and owner points and a $100,000 fine to crew chief Matt McCall for a NASCAR-issued L2-level penalty the sanctioning body announced Thursday (March 24). McCall will also serve a four-race suspension for the infraction.
The deduction was issued after NASCAR’s R&D center found modification to a single source supplied part. The Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing team’s Ford was sent to the R&D center following Sunday’s Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the violations were discovered. The No. 6 team was sent to the rear of the field prior to the 500-mile event as well.
The penalty moves Keselowski’s team from the edge of the playoff bubble in 16th to 35th – behind every full-time team in the field. The RFK team is still eligible to qualify for the playoffs. However, if it does qualify for the postseason, it will be deducted 10 playoff points at the beginning of the 10-race span.
In addition, veteran crew chief Eddie Troconis has been indefinitely suspended by NASCAR again. The crew chief of the No. 02 Young Motorsports Camping World Truck Series entry was originally suspended in Oct for an assault charge was placed for an altercation with another spotter at Talladega Superspeedway. He was reinstated in February.
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