Aw, look at ol' Brad Keselowski there, celebrating his victory on Sunday in the Aaron's 312. Wonderful, yes? A feel-good moment for the kid!
Not so fast, Jet Ski.
On Wednesday, NASCAR stripped Keselowski of 50 driver's points and 50 owner's points for having noncompliant parts in Sunday's race. Keselowski was running an unapproved left-front spring and right-front shock.
What that means is that Keselowski's Nationwide lead shrank from 60 points to 10 points over Kevin Harvick. However, Keselowski gets to keep the win, which is good news for him.
Penske Racing President Tim Cindric addressed the issue in a mind-numbing but necessary press release:
"We were unable to disassemble the shock in question with NASCAR following the race," Cindric said in a statement. "We are confident that the shock malfunctioned during the event and was not working as intended. With regard to the spring, we have concluded that the combined spring rate of the No. 22 car springs were above the 3,000-pound/inch minimum while the spring in question was rated on NASCAR’s spring-rate tester earlier this year when it was found to be in excess of the 800-pound/inch minimum.
"The spring has not been used for any purpose since it was last rated with NASCAR and it was found to be 40 pounds/inch under the minimum spring rate following the Talladega race. The unusual deterioration of the rate of this spring is not within our control and it is unfortunate that we are in this position. We are confident that there was no intent on behalf of Paul Wolfe, or any other member of the No. 22 team, to circumvent NASCAR’s rules."
Okay, fine, whatever. We'll take your word for it. Just no more math, okay? All this does is hasten Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch's charge to the top of the Nationwide standings, anyway.