Saturday, September 23, 2023

RFK Racing Officially Files Appeal For Unsecured Wheel Infraction at Nashville

Chris Buescher loose wheel penalty appeal Scott Graves
Chris Buescher and the No. 17 RFK Racing team will appeal the penalties stemming from a loose wheel at Nashville Superspeedway. Photo credit: Jonathan McCoy /

Chris Buescher will not be without his crew chief Scott Graves, Jackman Matthew Wilps and Rear Tire Changer Seth Gajdorus for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series Kwik Trip 250 at Road America, as the No. 17 RFK Racing team has officially filed an appeal for a penalty from last weekend’s race at Nashville Superspeedway.

The No. 17 car lost it’s right rear wheel after a pit stop with under 50 laps left in last Sunday’s Ally 400. Following the race weekend, NASCAR announced four-race suspensions for the team’s crew chief, jackman and rear tire changer beginning this weekend at Road America.

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However, the No. 17 team had until this afternoon to officially file an appeal of the penalty, which NASCAR confirmed to has happened.

As a result, the No. 17 team will not be without their team members this weekend, and their penalty will be examined by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel at a later date.

This year, the NASCAR Cup Series has adapted a new tire and wheel, which features a single lug nut. As a result, numerous cars have lost wheels this season due to a lug nut being all the way fastened. As such, many teams have had four-race suspensions for their crew chiefs, jackmen and tire changers.

None of those penalties have been overturned, so far, on appeal.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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