Criminal report: One Cup crew chief suspended, 10 teams fined

Kyle Busch No.  18 team


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NASCAR fined 10 national series teams and imposed a one-race suspension on a crew chief for wheel nut violations arising out of the Championship Weekend in Phoenix.

18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota crew chief Ben Beshore has been fined $20,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR Cup Series event (the Clash) because driver Kyle Busch’s number 18 had two lug nuts that weren’t safe in a post- race account.

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Five other top team chiefs were fined $10,000 for failing to secure one wheel nut during a post-race check, including three of the Championship 4 team chiefs and race winner/title winner Kyle Larson. They were:

-New. 2 Team Penske crew chief Jeremy Bullins (for driver Brad Keselowski)

-New. 5 Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Cliff Daniels (for driver Larson)

-New. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Chris Gabehart (for driver Denny Hamlin)

-New. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief James Small (for driver Martin Truex Jr.)

-New. 21 Wood Brothers Racing crew chief Jonathan Hassler (for driver Matt DiBenedetto)

Sunday’s Cup race marked the last of the Gen-6 car where each wheel had five lug nuts. The Next Gen, which will debut in 2022, will have only one central lug nut on each wheel.

In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, two crew chiefs were fined $5,000 for failing to secure one lug nut during a post-race check. They were:

-New. 11 Kaulig Racing crew chief Alex Yontz (for driver Justin Haley)

-New. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Chris Gayle (for driver John Hunter Nemechek)

In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, two crew chiefs were fined $2,500 for having one lug nut not secure during a post-race check. They were:

-New. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises crew chief Scott Zipadelli (for driver Austin Hill)

-New. 26 GMS Racing crew chief Charles Denike (for driver Tyler Ankrum)

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