Crew chief Paul Wolfe will be with Brad Keselowski at Bristol pending final appeal

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Crew chief Paul Wolfe will be atop Brad Keselowski’s pit box at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend while the team awaits the final appeal of its Phoenix penalty.

Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss will hear Team Penske’s case Tuesday, April 25th, and NASCAR has granted deferral of Wolfe’s suspension through Bristol. Team Penske confirmed Wednesday that Wolfe will lead Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford this weekend at the 0.533-mile track, where Keselowski has two wins.

Wolfe was suspended for three races and fined $65,000, and Keselowski and the team were docked 35 points for failing the Laser Inspection System after a fifth place at Phoenix Raceway.

Wolfe sat out Fontana but returned at Martinsville Speedway (where Keselowski won) and Texas Motor Speedway as the team appealed the penalty.

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld NASCAR’s penalty after an April 12 hearing.

If Moss denies Penske’s appeal, Wolfe would miss the races at Richmond International Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway if he is at Bristol.