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Penske appeal scheduled for May 1

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NASCAR officials announced Tuesday that an appeal from Penske Racing regarding penalties issued after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway will be heard Wednesday, May 1, at the organization's research and development center in Concord, N.C.

The National Stock Car Racing Commission, a three-member panel, will hear the organization's appeal beginning at 9 a.m. ET.

The Nos. 2 and 22 Penske Racing Fords of defending series champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano failed a pre-race inspection at Texas on April 13. NASCAR officials confiscated unapproved parts from the rear end housing, forcing both teams to scramble to make the starting grid.

On April 17, NASCAR issued penalties to both teams, docking both drivers 25 championship points. Crew chief Paul Wolfe, car chief Jerry Kelley and engineer Brian Wilson of Keselowski's team, plus crew chief Todd Gordon, car chief Raymond Fox III and engineer Samuel Stanley of Logano's team were handed six-week suspensions. Wolfe and Gordon were also fined $100,000. Penske competition director Travis Geisler was also banned for six weeks.

All penalized Penske personnel, who were also placed on probation until Dec. 31, were on duty last weekend pending the appeal.

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