Crew Chief Adam Stevens Suspended for Dover Weekendby Kyle Pokrefky May 11, 2016 0 comments
Adam Stevens, the race-winning crew chief from this past weekend’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway, has been suspended for one weekend by NASCAR.
Stevens, crew chief of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 team, was handed a P3 penalty, fined $20,000, placed on NASCAR probation through the end of the year and will miss out on this week’s action at Dover International Speedway.
Also suspended from the team for Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism will be the team’s front tire changer, who was also placed on NASCAR probation through December 31st.
The two suspensions are presumably due to a violation of NASCAR’s newly-mandated rule regarding lug nuts.
The sanctioning body ruled ahead of May 1st’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway that all five lug nuts must be securely installed to each tire on a car. Previously, teams were free to install fewer than five lug nuts on a wheel for any sort of time advantage on pit road.
The penalties issued against Stevens are congruent to the penalties that were to be issued to any team that would be found in violation of the new rule.
An interim crew chief has yet to be announced by the JGR organization.
Entering the Dover race weekend, the No. 18 team is second in the owners standings off the strength of three race victories, nine top-fives and nine top-10 finishes.
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