Thursday, December 8, 2022

Cliff Daniels, Two Hendrick Crew Members Handed Four-Race Suspension, Rick Ware Racing Loses Points

Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 races to a second-place finish Sunday, May 15, 2022, during the NASCAR Cup Series AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Owens/HHP for Chevy Racing)

As NASCAR’s top-level returns from a one-week hiatus post-Sonoma, Kyle Larson – the defending champion of the NASCAR Cup Series — will be without three important members of his Hendrick Motorsports team.

The penalty – officially announced by NASCAR on Tuesday — is the result of losing the right-front tire on the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro in the final stage of Sunday’s Toyota / Save Mart 350.

Video: Kyle Larson Loses Right-Front Wheel, Four-Race Suspension Expected for Crew Chief, Jackman, Front Tire Changer


As expected, Cliff Daniels (crew chief), Brandon Johnson (jackman), and Donnie Tasser (front tire changer) have been suspended for the next four NASCAR Cup Series events (Nashville, Road America, Atlanta, and Loudon).

Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal the penalty, but has yet to announce replacements for any of the three suspended crew members.

Additionally, Rick Ware Racing and Cody Ware have been penalized with the loss of 20 NASCAR Cup Series owner and driver points after the No. 51 Ford Mustang failed pre-qualifying inspection at Sonoma four times.

The inspection failures for Ware also resulted in penalties of being sent to the back of the field at the start, as well as serving a pass-through on the first lap of Sunday’s race.

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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