NASCAR officials ejected a crewmember for the Team Penske No. 2 Ford team Friday after the car failed pre-qualifying inspection twice at ISM Raceway.
Engineer Brandon “Shaggy” Pope, part of the team’s 12-person road crew for driver Brad Keselowski, was removed from the team’s roster for the remainder of the race weekend at the 1-mile Phoenix oval. Pope is in his fourth season as a team engineer for Team Penske.
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Keselowski was second-fastest in opening practice for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM), the fourth race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. His speed placed him just behind teammate Ryan Blaney, who topped the board in the No. 12 Ford.
Keselowski has already contributed to Team Penske’s quick start to the season with a victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s seeking his first win in 20 Phoenix starts in Sunday’s 312-lapper.