Brad Keselowski‘s crew chief, Paul Wolfe, will sit out this weekend’s Cup event at Talladega Superspeedway as part of the suspension NASCAR gave him in March for a violation discovered after the Phoenix race. Brian Wilson will be Keselowski’s crew chief this weekend.
NASCAR fined Wolfe $65,000 and suspended him three races, and docked Keselowski and Team Penske 35 points each for failing the Laser Inspection Station after a fifth-place finish March 19 at Phoenix Raceway.
Team Penske had Wolfe skip the race the following weekend at Auto Club Speedway and then decided to appeal the penalty. The National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld NASCAR’s penalty after an April 12 hearing.
Team Penske decided to appeal that to the Final Appeals Officer. Bryan Moss was to have heard the case April 25 but was sick and the hearing has been rescheduled for May 9. Wolfe was with the team at Martinsville, Texas, Bristol and Richmond.
By skipping Talladega, Wolfe would still have to miss another points race if the team loses next week’s appeal. If the team loses, then Wolfe would have to miss the Kansas race.
Keselowski won the spring race at Talladega last year. He has won two of the last five Cup races at Talladega.