Pair of XFINITY Series Crew Chiefs Suspended

A pair of the top-five finishers from this past weekend’s Lake Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway received a penalty from NASCAR.

The No. 18 Toyota of Ryan Preece and the No. 42 Chevrolet of John Hunter Nemechek were found in violation of section Post-Qualifying and Post-Race Front Body Inspection Heights, which pertain for post-race height measurements. Essentially, their cars did not meet NASCAR’s allowed tolerances.

As a result, crew chiefs Eric Phillips and Mike Shiplett were fined $10,000, and suspended from the next NASCAR XFINITY Series event, which is this weekend’s U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Additionally, they lost 10 regular season driver and owner points. 

It marks just the second crew chief suspension in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this year, after Jason Ratcliff was suspended for Christopher Bell‘s car being in violation of the same rule. 



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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.