Following the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway, three NASCAR XFINITY Series crew members have been suspended.
The No. 7 Chevrolet of Justin Allgaier was found in violation of the rule book, in relation to section 20.14.2.h Rear Suspension I-4 Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims. According to NASCAR, the “truck Trailing Arm Spacers / Pinion Angle Shims not in complete contact with corresponding mating surface.”
As a result, crew chief Jason Burdett was fined $25,000 and suspended from the next XFINITY Series points events, with the team losing 25 owner and driver points. Additionally, with being an L1 penalty, Allgaier cannot use the victory to secure his place in the post-season playoffs. He can, however, keep the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus.
“As a highly-competitive race team that challenges for wins each and every weekend, we’re deeply disappointed and frustrated in today’s ruling. We strive to produce race victories for JR Motorsports’ partners, fans and employees while adhering to the rulebook,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “To that end, the No. 7 team put on a winning performance in Saturday’s race and received damage on the last lap that we believe contributed to this infraction. We will never fault ourselves for that.”
The No. 3 Chevrolet of Jeb Burton was found in violation of the rule book, in relation to section 20.4.3.a&.b: Splitter. As a result, crew chief Nick Harrison was fined $10,000, with car chief Michael Scearce suspended from the next XFINITY points event.
Additionally, Michael L Haden has been suspended indefinitely for violation of Section 12.8.1.e – Being charged with or convicted of significant criminal violations (e.g. Domestic Violence, Trafficking, Assault), or having had determinations rendered by criminal or civil authorities that in NASCAR’s judgement necessitate action.
On Friday at Dover, the 33-year-old got into an argument with JP Motorsports car owner Jerry Hattaway, which then escalated into a fight with police being called to the garage area. Hattaway was taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for treatment for a broken jaw, according to the news release.
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