Willwerth: NASCAR Notebook

By Brian Willwerth 

The latest from the world of NASCAR

BAD PANS: 

NASCAR has fined Joe Gibbs Racing’s three crew chiefs $50,000 apiece. The reason: they all brought unapproved oil pans to Michigan International Speedway for last weekend’s race. The crew chiefs have also been placed on probation through the end of the year. The teams were not penalized by losing points, however.  JGR’s three drivers in the Cup series are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. This didn’t have much of an impact on the team; Hamlin won at Michigan, while Busch came in third.

NO BULL: 

The owner of Red Bull announced plans to leave NASCAR at the end of this season. Red Bull Racing Team (RBRT) hasn’t had much to celebrate in victory lane since joining the Sprint Cup Series four years ago. Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers both drive for RBRT, although Kahne will be leaving at the end of this year to join Hendrick Motorsports. What will happen with Vickers?  We shall see.

READY TO TURN LEFT….AND RIGHT: 

This Sunday, the Cup series heads to the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. This means drivers like Tony Stewart, Marcos Ambrose and Juan Pablo Montoya could have the edge to get a much-needed win. All three of those guys could certainly use a trip to victory lane.  There is only one other road course on the Cup schedule – Watkins Glen in mid-August.

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