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No. 26 Truck Series Team Member Receives Behavioral Suspension, Two Cup Teams Get Lug Nut Fines

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 12: Tyler Ankrum, driver of the #26 LiUNA! Chevrolet, Jordan Anderson, driver of the #3 Swann Security Chevrolet, and Zane Smith, driver of the #21 MRC Construction Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

NASCAR released their weekly penalty report on Tuesday afternoon.

Included in the penalties this week, were a couple of lug nut penalties for NASCAR Cup Series teams.

Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske team was found to have an unsecured lug nut following the February 9th Busch Clash at the Daytona International Speedway. As a result, his crew chief Jeremy Bullins has been fined $10,000 for violating Sections 10.9.10.4 of the NASCAR Cup Series rule book, a section pertaining to Tires and Wheels.

Bubba Wallace’s No. 23 23XI Racing team was also found to have an unsecured lug nut following the February 11th Bluegreen Vacations Duel qualifying race at the Daytona International Speedway. As a result, his crew chief Michael Wheeler has been fined $10,000 for violating the same sections of the NASCAR Cup Series rule book as Bullins.

While these two infractions were merely fines, there was an indefinite suspension from NASCAR announced on the penalty report, this week, as well.

Michael Leoncini, the hauler driver for the No. 26 GMS Racing team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series found to have violated sections 12.1; 12.8 ; 12.8.1.e of the NASCAR Rule Book.

Section 12.8.1.e of the NASCAR Rule Book reads:

  • Statement and/or communication made public (including social media platforms) that demeans, critcizes, ridcules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, martial status, religion, age or handicapping condition.
  • Being Charged with or convicted of significant criminal violations (e.g. Domestic Violence, Trafficking, Assault), or having had determinations rendered by criminal or civil authorities that in NASCAR’s judgement necessitate action. NASCAR will not pre-judge guilt or innocence in the criminal or civil legal system, or the guilt or innocence of the Member, but rather review each matter in it’s own context and circumstances and with regards to its potential effects upon the sport.

No further information of the specific violation that Leoncini committed, other than the designation that the violation was “behavioral,” was given by NASCAR at this time.

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