NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer, John Middlebrook, reduced the penalties levied against Penske Racing for violations at the Texas Motor Speedway.
What had been a six-race suspension for crew chiefs Paul Wolfe (Brad Keselowski) and Todd Gordon (Joey Logano), and three other crewmembers, has now been dropped to two points races. Points penalties and fines remained in place.
The races they all now miss are this weekend in Darlington, and the following two weeks in Charlotte for the non-points Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend.
Middlebrook last made a ruling to reduce penalties issued to Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports after last year’s Daytona 500. This ruling came after an initial appeal by Penske to NASCAR was upheld.
After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.
Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.
Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:
BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.
CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10
Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.
TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.
QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.
Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.