NEWS & NOTES
POST-RACE SCRUTINY Greg Biffle’s crew chief Brian Pattie was one of several suspended after last week’s Coca-Cola 600, though his penalty was by far the largest. Biffle’s car failed post-race chassis measurements, earning Pattie a $50,000 fine. Biffle was docked 15 driver points, the team lost 15 owner points and Pattie was suspended for Pocono and Michigan. The other suspensions were due to issues with improperly attached or missing lugnuts, or in the case of Tony Stewart’s car, improper body adjustments made before the race. Brad Keselowski’s team, however, appears to have avoided further penalty from the in-race body adjustments that garnered a penalty Monday at Pocono. In a SiriusXM satellite radio interview Tuesday, NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said the sanctioning body would “move on” from the “in-race penalty.” After the race, Keselowski said he was surprised that his team was singled out due to the number of cars he observed on track with similar in-race body changes. KENTUCKY TESTING Kentucky Speedway is the latest NASCAR track to get a fresh racing surface with a repaving project that is nearing completion. The first racing on the new surface is just over a month away (the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple-header weekend on Thursday, July 7), but the track will host a test session for Sprint Cup teams next week (June 13-14) and has 13 different teams selected to participate in the daytime sessions for the night race. The drivers will be Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Chris Buescher, Aric Almirola, Michael Annett, AJ Allmendinger and Martin Truex Jr.