Monday, March 27, 2023

RFK Racing Crew Members Issued Four-Race Suspensions, KBM Hauler Driver Indefinitely Suspended

RFK Racing Nashville Superspeedway Scott Graves Kyle Busch Motorsports Tony Waters
RFK Racing (pictured) has both been handed a penalty following the loss of a wheel at Nashville Superspeedway, resulting in a suspension for Scott Graves. Tony Waters – former Kyle Busch Motorsports hauler driver — has been suspended for violating NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy PC: Nigel Kinrade | NKP (Courtesy of Ford Performance)

As we approach the halfway point of the NASCAR Cup Series season, single-lug wheels have continued to be a major talking point, as teams continue to accrue major penalties for losing a wheel during events.

The latest team to be handed the penalty is RFK Racing, after Chris Buescher’s No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang lost a right-rear tire inside the final 50 laps of Sunday’s Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway.

As a result, Scott Graves (crew chief), Seth Gajdorus (rear changer), and Matthew Wilps (jack) have been suspended for the next four NASCAR Cup Series points-paying events (Road America, Atlanta, Loudon, Pocono).

At the time of publishing, RFK Racing had yet to respond to a request for comment by, in regards to naming an interim crew chief, rear tire changer, and jackman.

NASCAR Xfinity Series:

In the NASCAR Xfinity Series garage, four crew chiefs have been handed monetary fines by the sanctioning bodies, for failing to have all lug nuts properly secured on their cars at the end of Saturday’s Tennessee Lottery 250.

Alex Bird (6), Jason Trinchere (10), Shane Whitbeck (31), and Michael Brandt (44) have all been handed a fine of $5,000.


Tony Waters – a hauler driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 team — has been indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for violating Sections 4.1 and 10.1 of the NASCAR Rule Book, specifically NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy.

Waters was last on a Kyle Busch Motorsports team roster for the 220 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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

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