NASCAR ended the 2017 racing season on November 19 with the Ford EcoBoost 400 and crowning Martin Truex Jr as the season champion. But on November 21 NASCAR levied penalties against three teams.
In the Monster Energy Cup Series, the number 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Matt Kenseth was charged with having two of its 20 lug nuts loose. As a result of the infraction, crew chief for the number 20 car Jason Ratcliff has been fined $20,000 and has been suspended from the first race of the 2018 racing season. However, Ratcliff will not have to serve the suspension since he is leaving the number 20 racing team and will become the crew chief for the number 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car in the Xfinity Series that will be driven by Christopher Bell who is moving up from the Camping World Truck Series to the Xfinity Series in 2018.
The number two Penske Racing car driven by Brad Keselowski was also determined to have a loose lug nut. Crew chief Paul Wolfe has been fined $10,000 for the infraction.
In the Xfinity Series, the number 16 Roush Fenway Racing car driven by Ryan Reed was also a victim of the lug nut monster with one lug nut loose. The number 16 car crew chief Phil Gould has been fined $5,000 as a result of the infraction.
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