NASCAR Fines 10 Teams, Suspends Kyle Busch’s Crew Chief For Phoenix Violations

The first suspension of the 2022 racing season was issued Tuesday after violating the season finale at Phoenix Raceway.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ben Beshore will be suspended from the Busch Light Clash at the LA Coliseum on Feb. 6 because two lug nuts were not secured on Kyle Busch’s car. Busch finished seventh on Sunday afternoon. Beshore was also fined $20,000.

In total, NASCAR issued fines to 10 crew chiefs after the tripleheader weekend at Phoenix Raceway. All were for lug nuts which were not secure.

In the Cup Series, six crew chiefs were penalized, including Beshore. The others were Cliff Daniels (Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 team), James Small (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 team), Chris Gabehart (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 team), Jeremy Bullins (Team Penske No. 2 team), Jonathan Hassler (Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 team).

All were fined $10,000 for one wheel nut not properly tightened on their respective cars.

Daniels and Kyle Larson won their 10th race and the championship. Small and Martin Truex Jr. finished second in the race and championship, while Gabehart and Denny Hamlin finished third in the race and championship.

Bullins and Keselowski finished 10th in his final race for Team Penske. Hassler and DiBenedetto finished 12th.

Two Xfinity Series crew chiefs were fined $5,000 for not properly securing a wheel nut on their car. It was Alex Yontz of Kaulig Racing’s number 11 team and Chris Gayle of Joe Gibbs Racing’s number 54 team.

Yontz and Haley finished fifth in the Xfinity Series final. Gayle teamed up with John Hunter Nemechek on Saturday night, finishing sixth.

In the Camping World Truck Series, Hattori Racing’s No. 16 Scott Zipadelli was fined $2,500, as was Charles Denike of the No. 26 GMS Racing team.

Zipadelli and Austin Hill finished 10th in Phoenix on their last run together. Denike and Tyler Ankrum finished 14th.


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