Two crew chiefs for Penske Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series were placed on probation and drew $10,000 fines Tuesday for violations found last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
Jeremy Bullins, crew chief for the No. 22 Dodge driven at Talladega by Brad Keselowski, and Chad Walter, crew chief for Sam Hornish Jr.’s No. 12 Dodge, were each fined $10,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the year for illegal modifications discovered during opening inspections on May 3. Car chiefs Thomas Clavette (No. 22) and Raymond Fox (No. 12) were also placed on probation until Dec. 31.
The penalties were identical to those issued one week ago to six crew chiefs and car chiefs with Richard Childress Racing and Turner Motorsports for similar infractions the previous weekend at Richmond, Va.
The two Penske cars failed pre-race inspection at Talladega after NASCAR officials determined that the front bumper covers had unapproved alterations.
With new bumper covers installed, Hornish finished 12th and Keselowski 20th in Saturday’s Aaron’s 312.