Changing Lanes

July 2013

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Crazy Woman Driver By Kay Bell NASCAR's war on crew cheifs Two premier teams have been hit with extreme penalties for car violations. Is NASCAR being too tough as crew chiefs adjust to the new Generation-6 vehicle? Pictured here is Matt Kenseth with his crew chief, Jason Ratliff. Photo credit: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images The second half of the Sprint Cup season is upon us. What have we learned so far? CHANGING LANES Well, one thing for sure: Break NASCAR's rules and you shall be smacked down like you have never been smacked before. because NASCAR found fault with some bolts in the rear suspensions. Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe and Logano crew chief Todd Gordon were suspended for six races and fined $100,000 each, and the drivers each lost 25 championship points. I'm talking, of course, about the war NASCAR has declared on its crew chiefs. As bad as that seemed – and it was one of the biggest penalties NASCAR has ever imposed – it paled in comparison to what came next. The when Joey Cup failed After Matt Kenseth won at Kansas, inspectors discovered that a part in his engine weighed 2.7 grams less than it should. To put this in perspective, that's about the weight hostilities began in April, the Penske Racing Fords of Logano and reigning Sprint champion Brad Keselowski post-race inspection in Texas 10 0713 crazy woman driver cl.indd 1 JULY 2013 // WWW.CHANGINGLANESDIGITAL.COM 6/4/13 3:30 PM

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