NASCAR has issues its first major penalties of the season after the races in Atlanta over the past weekend.
The JTG Daugherty Racing team’s number 47 car driven by AJ Allmendinger in the Monster Energy Cup Series was penalized for not having all 20 lugs nuts properly installed on the car after the Folds of Honor 500 on Sunday. As a result of the penalty Allmendinger’s crew chief Randall Burnett has been fines $65,000 and will be suspended for the next three Monster Energy Cup races. The 47 team was also docked 35 car owner and driver points.
It was reported that after the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, race winner Kyle Busch failed post race inspection when his car height was too low in the front. After taking the Joe Gibbs Racing team car back to the NASCAR research and development center the team was assessed a penalty that will result in a loss of team playoff points, a loss of 10 car owner points, and crew chief Scott Graves has been fined $10,000 and suspended for one race.
In the Camping World Truck Series the number 23 GMS Racing team was issued two penalties; one for improper ground clearance in post race inspection and one for a lug nut issue. In the Camping World race on Saturday afternoon Chase Elliott drove the number 23 truck. For the ground clearance penalty, crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz has been fined $5,000 and suspended for one race. The team was also docked 10 owner points. Stankiewicz was also fined an additional $2,500 for the lug nut infraction.
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