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Cole Custer’s Crew Chief Mike Shiplett Suspended for 1 Race

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Several penalties from the past weekend’s races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway were handed down, including a one-race suspension and $20,000 fine for Cole Custer’s crew chief Mike Shiplett, NASCAR announced Tuesday, March 9.

The No. 41 team was in violation of Section, which is the section that deals with missing lug nuts.

Custer, who finished 25th, had two lug nuts missing from the car after the race. Davin Restivo will be interim crew chief this weekend at Phoenix Raceway.

Five other NASCAR Cup Series teams were in violation of Section Kevin Harvick, Chris Buscher, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Matt DiBenedetto’s cars were all found with one missing lug nut. Their respective crew chiefs, Rodney Childers, Luke Lambert, Ben Beshore, James Small, and Greg Erwin, were all fined $10,000.

In the Xfinity Series, race winner AJ Allmendinger’s car also had a missing lug nut; crew chief Jason Trinchere was fined $5,000.

Lastly, in the Camping World Truck Series, Stewart Friesen’s crew chief Trip Bruce was fined $2,500 for a missing lug nut.

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