Phoenix penalty report: Kyle Busch’s crew chief suspended

NASCAR’s penalty report from Championship Weekend at Phoenix Raceway confirms that Kyle Busch’s crew chief Ben Beshore has been suspended from February’s Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

In addition to the suspension, Beshore has also been fined $20,000.

Busch’s car was found on Sunday during the post-race inspection with two wheel nuts that were not tight.

Earlier in this year’s playoffs, Beshore was suspended and fined for the same offense over the Charlotte Roval weekend. Race engineer Seth Chavka was Busch’s interim chief for the next race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Five additional top crew chiefs have been fined $10,000 for their respective cars where one wheel nut was not properly tightened during the post-race inspection.

Among this group are three of Championship 4’s team chiefs Cliff Daniels, who led Kyle Larson to victory and the title; Chris Gabehart, crew chief for Denny Hamlin; and James Small, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr. The others are Team Penske’s Jeremy Bullins and Wood Brothers Racing’s Jonathan Hassler.


Crew chiefs have each been fined $5,000 for their respective cars with one lug nut that were not tight in Saturday’s post-race inspection:

  • Alex Yontz (No. 11 – Kaulig Racing)
  • Chris Gayle (#54 – Joe Gibbs Racing)


Crew chiefs have each been fined $2,500 for their respective trucks with one lug nut not tightened during Friday’s post-race inspection:

  • Scott Zipadelli (No. 16 – Hattori Racing Enterprises)
  • Charles Denike (No. 26 – GMS Racing)

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