It was a painful Tuesday for three NASCAR teams, two in the NASCAR Cup Series and one in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, for wheels that broke free from their cars during competition this weekend at Dover Motor Speedway.
On the NASCAR Cup Series side, the highest profile penalty comes to the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team. After Denny Hamlin won Stage 1 of Monday’s rain delayed race, the team did not properly secure the left front tire on the No. 11 car on a pit stop.
As Hamlin accelerated down pit road, the left front tire broke free. As a result, Hamlin’s crew chief Chris Gabehart, and tire changer and jackman Derrell Edwards and Blake Houston have all been suspended from the next four NASCAR Cup Series events.
Additionally, the No. 16 Kaulig Racing NASCAR Cup Series team lost a wheel during Monday’s race as well. As a result, crew chief Matt Swiderski, and crew members Keiston France and Jonathan Willard have been suspended for the next four NASCAR Cup Series events.
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In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the No. 1 JR Motorsports team lost a wheel after Sam Mayer had won the opening Stage of Saturday’s race. As a result of the wheel that fell off, Crew Chief Taylor Moyer and crew members Orane Ossowski and Markus Pierce-Brewster have been suspended for the next four NASCAR Xfinity Series events.
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Ossowski and Pierce-Brewster serve as crew members in the NASCAR Cup Series, as well. This will not impact their NCS status.
Additionally, the No. 16 Kaulig Racing NASCAR Xfinity Series team was also found to have an improperly secured lug nut at the end of Saturday’s race. As a result, crew chief Bruce Schlicker has been fined $5,000 by NASCAR.
One final penalty announced was the indefinite suspension of Jason Houghtaling, a veteran crew chief in the sport. Houghtaling was suspended due to a violation of section 4.4.e of the NASCAR rulebook, meaning it was a behavioral violation.