Officer killed in Mass. brother of Hendrick worker
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Hendrick Motorsports was shaken by the news Friday that the MIT officer killed during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was the brother of Andrew Collier, a machinist in its engine shop.
Sean Collier was found shot to death late Thursday in his vehicle in Cambridge, Mass. Authorities have said Collier was responding to a report of a disturbance when he was shot.
Andrew Collier has been working for Hendrick Motorsports since September 2008.
Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson said, "My thoughts and prayers with the Collier family, and I certainly know it's the same thing with everyone at Hendrick Motorsports. We're one big family and it's sad to see a teammate going through this."
Keselowski looking forward to chance to appeal
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Penske Racing arrived at Kansas Speedway with their teams intact as they appeal heavy penalties levied against them by NASCAR for bringing unapproved parts to Texas.
Six-race suspensions for seven crew members of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were handed down Wednesday, along with $200,000 in fines and point penalties that dropped Keselowski from second to fourth and Logano from ninth to 14th in the standings.
Keselowski said he believes the rear-end housing on his No. 2 Ford that was confiscated by NASCAR and triggered the penalties was legal, and that he's looking forward to having the team's appeal heard. No date for it has been set.
Says Keselowski: "We're in an agree-to-disagree stage between Penske Racing and NASCAR."
Petty: Someone undoubtedly snitched on Penske
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Richard Petty believes that someone must have told NASCAR about the unapproved parts that Penske Racing brought to Texas Motor Speedway for last weekend's race.
The NASCAR veteran said Friday at Kansas Speedway that Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano had already passed "two or three inspections and hadn't been caught," leading him to believe that someone must have told NASCAR about the changes to their rear-end housings.
NASCAR has penalized Penske Racing with six-race suspensions for seven crew members of Keselowski and Logano, along with $200,000 in fines and the loss of 25 championship points.
The suspensions are on hold as the team appeals, so the entire teams for Keselowski's No. 2 Ford and Logano's No. 22 are on hand at Kansas Speedway.
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