Brad Keselowski’s fifth-place finish in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway may be overshadowed by potential penalties later this week after NASCAR found his No. 2 Penske Racing Ford to be too low during a post-race inspection.
NASCAR.com’s Kenny Bruce writes that any penalties would likely come down on Tuesday after officials from the sanctioning body review the situation.
The car of Martin Truex Jr. was tagged for a similar post-race violation after he finished second back in April at Texas Motor Speedway; Truex and his No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota squad each lost six driver and team points respectively as a result.
If precedence holds, a six-point hit for Keselowski would take him out of the Top 10 as the Sprint Cup Series heads for Pocono Raceway next week.
His fifth-place run, which came in the return race for his crew chief Paul Wolfe, engineer Brian Wilson and car chief Jerry Kelley following multi-race suspensions, was the best he’s had since finishing third at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this spring.
“We drove hard all day,” said Keselowski. “We just didn’t have the speed needed to go win the race, but we had the speed we needed to have a solid day.”