UPDATE 4 (4-8-2022): Brad Keselowski said a repaired tail panel was the piece that NASCAR cited in penalizing the team 100 points, $100,000 and more after the March 20 Atlanta race.
RFK Racing lost its appeal this week. Keselowski spoke to reporters Friday at Martinsville Speedway, explaining what happened.
“(The tail panel) had a key feature that NASCAR deemed was not repaired adequately enough,” Keselowski said. “It’s a tough situation. We didn’t want to run the tail panel. We didn’t have any new tail panels to put on the car. We had a tail panel with three races on it and we did some repairs to it. We probably could have done a better job on the repair and we put NASCAR in a tough spot.”
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UPDATE 3 (4-7-2022): The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of an L2 level penalty issued on March 23, 2022 to RFK Racing, driver Brad Keselowski and crew chief Matt McCall in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2022 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 14.1 C&D and 14.5 A&D.
Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
- That the Appellants violated the Rule(s) set forth in the Penalty Notice.
- That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR
The Appeals Panel members for this hearing:
- Mr. Dixon Johnston
- Mr. Bill Mullis
- Mr. Dale Pinilis
The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with the NASCAR Rule Book.
— National Motorsports Appeals Panel —
UPDATE 2 (3-29-2022): RFK Racing’s appeal of L2-level penalties assessed after the NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be heard April 7. NASCAR officials confirmed Monday three members from the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are scheduled to meet and consider the appeal a week from Thursday.
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UPDATE (3-25-2022): RFK Racing announced on Twitter that it will appeal the L2 penalty NASCAR assessed to the team for the modification of a single source supplied part .
RFK Racing Statement: pic.twitter.com/JHkoLsw4jQ
— RFK Racing (@RFKracing) March 25, 2022
Original Post (3-24-2022): NASCAR announced substantial penalties to Brad Keselowski and Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing Thursday morning.
The penalty pertains to the modification of a single source supplied part.
Sections 14.1 C&D Overall Assembled Vehicle Rules; 14.5 A&D Body Note: Modification of a single source supplied part.
Additionally, All L2 Penalties found after Post-Race inspection is completed will result in a Penalty(ies) based off the minimum Penalty options and the Race finishing position will not count towards eligibility for the Playoffs, advancement in the Playoffs, eligibility for non-Points Events, and tie breakers.
Crew chief (Matt McCall) has been fined $100,000 and suspended from the next four NASCAR Cup Series championship points events. Team has been assessed with the loss of 100 owner points, 100 driver points and 10 NASCAR Playoff points.Penalty sheet_2022_updated_03_24_22