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Martinsville NASCAR Penalty Report: Austin Dillon, Matt Tifft, Ryan Preece Among Those With Loose Lug Nuts

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NASCAR announced penalties Monday (March 25) from this past weekend’s spring 2019 races at Martinsville Speedway. Both teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series were hit with lug nut violations.

However, no penalties beyond loose lug nuts were found in post-race inspection. There are no major issues or suspensions this week heading into Texas Motor Speedway.

Here’s a quick recap of what inspectors found.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

No. 3 team from Richard Childress Racing with driver Austin Dillon: Crew Chief Danny Stockman Jr. was fined $10,000 for a missing lug nut.

No. 36 team from Front Row Motorsports with driver Matt Tifft: Crew Chief Michael Kelley was fined $10,000 for a missing lug nut post-race.

No. 47 team from JTG Daugherty Racing with driver Ryan Preece: Crew Chief Tristan Smith was fined $10,000 for a missing lugnut post-race.

Gander Outdoors Truck Series

No. 51 team from Kyle Busch Motorsports with driver Kyle Busch: Crew Chief Rudy Fugle was fined $2,500 for a missing lugnut post-race.

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Why don’t they start penalizing the teams finishing positions. Loose lug nuts mean a five place penalty. It has to mean a faster pit stop. It would look good on Kyle in the truck event.


Hey, I never thought of that. Good idea. Too good, so good. It won’t fly with these idiots in charge!