Following Kyle Busch‘s 16th-place finish in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing received a safety violation penalty from NASCAR.
Crew chief Adam Stevens, tire changer Jacob Seminara, and tire carrier Kenneth Barber were suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events for four races after a tire fell off the No. 18 Toyota Camry leaving pit road. While experiencing trouble with the air gun, the jack dropped with Busch leaving pit road before the lug nuts were tightened on the left rear wheel.
The infraction falls under Section 10.9.10.4.c: Tires and Wheels and Section 18.104.22.168.3.c Minimum Safety Penalty Options of the NASCAR rule book. The rules were initially put in the rule book for safety reasons, to deter teams from leaving lug nut loose on a tire for a shorter pit stop.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced they would not appeal the penalty, with Ben Beshore serving as the interim crew chief.
Brad Keselowski Racing had a similar incident happen in the Friday’s Camping World Truck Series event on their No. 29 Ford 150 driven by Chase Briscoe. As a result, NASCAR suspended crew chief Mike Hillman Jr, tire carrier Eric Pinkiert and tire changer Wesley McPherson from all points-paying events for four races.
“We are disappointed in the penalty that Mike Hilman Jr. and members of our pit crew received following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in Dover,” BKR released in a statement. “We are currently considering our options under the appeal process outlined in the NASCAR rulebook. Buddy Sisco will serve as Chase Briscoe’s crew chief in the interim.”
NASCAR also issued a $5,000 fine to Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Matt Beckman as a result of a missing lug nut on the No. 19 XFINITY Series Toyota driven by Matt Tifft.
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