Lug Nut Penalties, Suspension Highlight This Week’s Report
Martin Truex Jr. left the Phoenix Raceway Sunday with the checkered flag. Because of the win, Martin Truex Jr. has locked himself into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. While Truex Jr. leaves Phoenix with a victory, some drivers leave Phoenix with some penalties. Here’s a look at the Phoenix Raceway post race NASCAR penalty report!
NASCAR CUP SERIES PENALTIES
The race winning Toyota Camry of Martin Truex Jr. passed through post race inspection without any issues reported. Unfortunately, the post race inspection revealed violations in regards to lug nuts. As is the case, the fine for having a loose lug nut is $10,000 and issued to the teams crew chief. One the other hand, if a car is found to have more than one lug nut loose, then the crew chief is fined $20,000 and issued a one race suspension. This week, three teams were found to have one loose lug nut post race:
-No. 1 Kurt Busch (Chip Ganassi Racing)
-No. 18 Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing)
-No. 24 William Byron (Hendrick Motorsports)
After post race inspection was completed, penalties were issued to the following teams:
-No. 2 Brad Keselowski (Penske Racing)
-No. 99 Daniel Suarez (Trackhouse Racing)
Crew chiefs Jeremy Bullins and Travis Mack were fined $20,000. Due to the penalty, the next race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will serve as the race both crew chiefs will miss. As a result, Brad Keselowski’s crew chief for this weekend will be Grant Hutchens, while Daniel Suarez will have Jose Blasco-Figueroa as his crew chief.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES PENALTIES
On Tuesday, a crew member for GMS Racing was suspended by NASCAR. GMS Racing engineer Johnathan Stewart, who serves as an engineer for the No. 21 entry, was suspended by NASCAR indefinitely. Due to the violation of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy, his suspension was necessary.
That’s a wrap for the NASCAR Phoenix Raceway post race penalty report. The next round of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season takes place at Atlanta Motor Speedway this Sunday, March 21st. Also, fans can watch and listen to the race live at 3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The defending race winner of this event is Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race Saturday, March 20th at 5:00 p.m. ET while the Camping World Truck Series race takes the green earlier Saturday, March 20th at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Check out NASCAR’s official report HERE.
Featured Image Credit: Phoenix Raceway
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