By: Ashley McCubbin
We are just back racing, and there have already been some penalties handed out by NASCAR to the teams.
Following The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, six cars were found to have loose lug nuts, which is in violation of Sections 10.9.10.4 of the rulebook. The rule states that lug nuts must be properly installed.
Erik Jones’ No. 20 Toyota was found to have two lug nut loose during post-race inspection. As a result, crew chief Chris Gayle was suspended for the Cup Series event at Darlington on Wednesday, and fined $20,000. Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that race engineer Seth Chavka will serve as the interim crew chief.
Five other cars were found to have just a single lug nut loose during inspection, resulting in each crew chief being fined $10,000. Those cars are as followed:
• No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford for race winner Kevin Harvick (crew chief Rodney Childers)
• No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Denny Hamlin (crew chief Chris Gabehart)
• No. 22 Team Penske Ford for Joey Logano (crew chief Paul Wolfe)
• No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet for Matt Kenseth (crew chief Chad Johnston)
• No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota for Christopher Bell (crew chief Jason Ratcliff)
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