Team Penske announces appeal of Phoenix penalties to Keselowski, Wolfe

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Team Penske announced Wednesday their intent to appeal penalties placed against the No. 2 team’s Brad Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway.

NASCAR took 35 drivers and owners points, suspended Wolfe for three races and fined the signal caller $65,000 after Keselowski’s No. 2 was found with an L1 infraction in Phoenix, resulting in an encumbered finish after the Michigander’s machine failed the rear wheel steer on the Laser Inspection Station.

The team has requested that Wolfe’s suspension be deferred until a ruling is made on the penalty. Wolfe has already served one race of the penalty, having missed Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

Team Penske released the following statement: “After having the opportunity to review the facts, Team Penske has decided to appeal the penalties following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Phoenix.  We have requested an appeal hearing and we plan to follow the process as outlined in the NASCAR rulebook.  The appeals administration has granted our request to defer the two races remaining on Paul Wolfe’s suspension until the results of our appeal are known.”

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