NASCAR should hand out penalties like candy – Kiselovsky

Brad Keselowski believes NASCAR should issue more penalties to send a message to the NASCAR Cup Series garage, revealing that RFK Racing responded to the L2 kick earlier this year by communicating across the team that it needed to stop playing games with race cars.

RFK, which Keselowski co-owns as well as leads, took a $100,000, 100-point L2 penalty after Atlanta in April after it was decided to illegally modify it for a record segment. A similar penalty was imposed on Front Row Motorsports for the same offense last week, while Joe Gibbs Racing’s two cars were disqualified after he finished first and second at Pocono two weeks ago, but failed the post-race technical examination.

“I take some comfort from the fact that the punishment that was handed to us in Atlanta was in some form repeated more to us than to us,” Kiselovsky said. “I feel like you could probably make arguments that the penalty for some teams could have been adjusted higher or maybe lower, sure. But the fact is the garage is going through a reset in terms of playing off games, which is a good thing for us as a sport.

“Personally I think the sport needs more penalties and NASCAR needs to hand it over like candy right now for garage control, because we’ve been playing a lot of games for many years. The games have to stop. The games cost a lot of money… and these games come directly at the expense of being able to do things we’d like to be able to do, or just being able to afford to race. So, given that, the easiest way for NASCAR to stop those expenses is to stop the games.”

Keselowski’s #6 Ford Mustang was taken after the Atlanta race for further examination at the NASCAR R&D Center. It was there that officials found that the team had modified a single-source supplied part and docked 100 drivers and 100 owner points, plus 10 break points. and a four-week suspension of crew chief Matt McCall. Kisilovsky later addressed the issue after the team lost their appeal, saying the penalty was caused by a repaired tail board.

Last week, NASCAR issued the same penalty to Front Row Motorsports. The exact details of the front row penalty are still unknown, but it has also been established to modify the part supplied by a single source. Front Row has dropped its appeal.

NASCAR also eliminated two Joe Gibbs Racing cars, No. 11 and 18, from the top two Pocono final spots to obtain additional materials for their cars. A strip was found on the front fascias of both Toyotas in a post-race check.

“You look at the aircraft divisions of these companies and the engineering divisions that spend tens of millions of dollars engineering and working on parts, NASCAR has really tightened the rules,” Kiselovsky continued. “And most of those departments that work so hard on these things are forced to choose between doing something that might be illegal or not have much of a role in the success of the race team. Although I love our engineers and want to see them for a long time, we also have to be a viable company. To keep going, so there are some compromises that we have to be careful with.As a sport, the easiest way to control costs is to just pay those penalties like candy when anyone goes out of the box and we play those games.

“I know after our issues in Atlanta, we went through our whole company and didn’t say more games. Nothing happens with these cars. Period. And that’s a quick shift in culture, and there’s a lot of people inside our company that didn’t like it. But the truth is that NASCAR is setting a precedent that should Define which ones we support, and which are important to the future and viability of our industry. I support NASCAR.”

NASCAR officials have made it clear to teams coming into the season that there will be tougher penalties associated with the next generation car. The rulebook has been updated to reflect these penalties to include loss of points, match points, and suspensions. The biggest penalty includes post-season disqualification and a one-race suspension for the team.

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