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No. 6 Nascar Ford Mustang Team Penalized For Unapproved Modification

The No. 6 Nascar Next Gen Ford Mustang team, fielded by Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing and driven by Brad Keselowski, incurred heavy penalties for a modifying a single source supplied part.

After last week’s race at Atlanta, the No. 6 Mustang was found to be in violation of sections 14.1 and 14.5 of the Nascar rule book, which outline policies regarding the modification of a single source supplied part. The sanctioning body did not disclose the part in question, although Bob Pockrass, Nascar reporter at FOX Sports, said on Twitter that it may be related to a rear body component on the race car. The violation was discovered on March 24th at the Nascar R&D center during a teardown of the No. 6 machine.

As a result of the infraction, the No. 6 Mustang was docked 100 driver points as well as 100 owner points. This dropped Keselowski, who is part owner of RFK Racing, from 16th in overall points standings to 35th. Should Keselowski and the No. 6 Mustang team qualify for the Cup Series Playoffs at the end of the season, he will also be docked 10 Nascar Playoff points.

Additionally, Keselowski’s crew chief, Matt McCall, was fined $100,000. He has been suspended from Nascar competition for the next four races.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 6 Nascar Next Gen Ford Mustang and part owner of Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing

With the introduction of the Next Gen race car, Nascar officials outlined a more severe penalty structure at the start of the 2022 season. The penalties incurred by the No. 6 Mustang this week fall under the L2 level, which outlines penalty options including a 75-120 points deduction, a 10-25 Playoff points deduction, the suspension of one or two crewmembers for 4-6 races, and between $100,000 and $250,000 in fines.

“To make sure that all of those things stay above board, there’s going to have to be a culture shift from the way that the teams and NASCAR, for that matter, have done business,” Nascar Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller explained. “This deterrence model has more meat in it, more meaningful penalties, but I think we all thought that it was time for this with the introduction of the new car.”

RFK Racing announced Friday that it will attempt to appeal the penalty.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Michael Fornetti

    Based on how he is running what they did looks to be. In the wrong direction

  2. Tim Papirnik

    Tired of NASCAR dictatorship stopped watching decades ago.


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