NEWS & NOTES

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

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.

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