Race Weekend Central

Ryan Blaney Crew Chief, Crew Members Suspended for Lost Wheel Penalty

Ryan Blaney will have to compete in this year’s NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 12 without his crew chief after NASCAR issued the team a penalty on Sept. 20 for its lost wheel incident on pit road during Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Crew chief Jonathan Hassler, jackman Graham Stoddard and rear tire changer Zachary Price are suspended for the next four Cup races. They will be allowed to return when the series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway later this year.

Team Penske has not yet revealed who will fill in for the absent Hassler.

See also
Monday Morning Pit Box: Key Hollywood Casino 400 Crew Chief Calls

The No. 12 is the 14th different team to suffer the lost wheel penalty this year. The incident that incurred the infraction came on lap 93 when Blaney went to leave his pit stall but was stopped short after his right-front tire came detached from his car.

The Team Penske entry finished 30th on Saturday night.

Blaney and the No. 12 team sit eighth in the playoffs entering the Round of 12. They are only four points above the cut line and are the only ones who have yet to win a race this year among all 12 drivers in the round.

No points deductions or monetary fines came with the penalty.

About the author

Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021 after a staff writing position with IMSA. A race fan since he was three years old, he began freelance writing in 2018 and graduated with a B.S. in Communications from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.

Share this article

3 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Echo

Now Ryan needs 3 second place finishes. I’d love a champion with no wins.

Jeremy

That would be awesome! But we all know NA$CAR wouldn’t allow it. Last race of the season, if he’s in the final 4, you can bet if he’s running up front he will receive at least 1 speeding on pit lane penalty.

Bill B

More likely he, himself would have to win the last race thus saving NASCAR from having a winless champion. It’s one thing to see these outliers winning races in the playoffs given the weird things that have happened so far, but we will all know that hell has officially frozen over if the winner of the last race isn’t one of the almighty four.

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com