Sunday, May 20, 2018
Sports

Penske embraces challenge amid talk of garage snitch

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Brad Keselowski talked to crew chief Paul Wolfe, then hopped into his No. 2 Ford for Sprint Cup qualifying Friday at Kansas Speedway.

Everything appeared to be normal in the world of Penske Racing. Even if that couldn't be further from the truth.

Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano arrived with their full crews while Penske appeals NASCAR penalties for having unapproved parts at Texas.

Wolfe and Logano crew chief Todd Gordon were each fined $100,000 and suspended, along with five others, for six points races after inspectors found an unapproved rear-end housings. No appeals date has been set.

"I think it's definitely a challenge for us, which isn't necessarily a bad thing," said Kese­lowski, who qualified 33rd while Logano was 22nd. "It's an opportunity to show how strong a team Penske Racing can be."

Matt Kenseth took the pole for Sunday's STP 400, setting a track qualifying record of 191.864 mph, with Carl Edwards (191.748) second.

Meanwhile, Richard Petty contended, "Undoubtedly, someone told (NASCAR) what the Penske crew was doing."

Attention drifted to Hendrick Motorsports, a team known for pushing the research-and-development envelope. Driver Jimmie Johnson denied any involvement. "In no way, shape or form did anyone in the No. 48 car walk into that truck."

IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest in practice at Long Beach, Calif., running a lap at 1:09.4224.

Formula One: Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen drove the fastest time in the second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, followed by the Red Bulls of Mark Webber (0.03 seconds back).

NHRA: Rain postponed qualifying at Concord, N.C.

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