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10 Cup & Xfinity Teams Penalized for Homestead Lug Nut Violations

NASCAR today (March 2) announced a slew of lug nut-related penalties between the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series after last weekend’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

All of the penalized Cup and Xfinity teams were found in violation of section 10.9.10.4 of the rule book., which deals with lug nuts not being properly installed.

The following were fine $10,000 in Cup: Randall Burnett, crew chief for the No. 8 of Tyler Reddick; Alan Gustafson, crew chief for the No. 9 of Chase Elliott; Ben Beshore, crew chief for the No. 18 of Kyle Busch; James Small, crew chief for the No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr.; Michael Shiplett, crew chief for the No. 41 of Cole Custer; and Philip Surgen, crew chief for the No. 42 of Ross Chastain.

Reddick, Truex and Busch all finished in the top 10 at Homestead.

In the Xfinity Series, four teams were in violation of section 10.9.4.10. Taylor Moyer, crew chief for the No. 8 of Josh Berry; Jason Trincher, crew chief for the No. 16 of AJ Allmendinger; Jeff Meendering, crew chief for the No. 19 of Brandon Jones; and Mark Setzer, crew chief for No. 51 of Jeremy Clements, were each fined $5,000.

Jones, Clements and Berry earned top 10s at Homestead.

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DoninAjax

Until the penalty results in costing the teams their finishing position there is no point in the penalties. Loose lug nuts means they cut their pit stop time to advance their position so if they lose five finishing positions with the loose lug nuts it will stop pretty quickly.

Matthew Marks

It’s simple to make teams properly secure lug nuts which would be if they
are lose or missing fine the owner & driver 50 points per lug nut that doesn’t
meet the criteria of properly secured or if it is a repeat offender add a disqualification
penalty in addition to the 50 point per nut penalty.

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