After a triple header weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR has issued a number of penalties in two of the three series after post race inspections. The lug nut monster appeared to be very busy with four of the five penalties involving lug nut infractions.
In the Xfinity Series, the number 12 Team Penske car driven by Austin Cindric and the number 76 SS Green Light Racing car driven by Spencer Boyd were found to have three of the 20 lug nuts improperly secured.
As a result of the infractions, the number 12 car crew chief Matt Swiderski and the number 76 car crew chief Jason Miller have been fined $20,000 and have been suspended for three races.
Team owners Roger Penske and SS Green Light Racing have been docked 35 car owner points; as well as, drivers Austin Cindric and Spencer Boyd who have been docked 35 driver points.
Cindric is in the playoff race, the loss of 35 points has dropped him from ninth to tenth place in the standings.
The number 22 Team Penske car driven by Monster Energy Cup Series regular Joey Logano was also charged with a lug nut infraction when two of the 20 lug nuts were not properly secured. As a result; crew chief Brian Wilson has been fined $10,000 and has been suspended for one race.
In the Camping World Truck Series, the number 88 ThorSport Racing truck driven by Matt Crafton was charged with having just one of it’s lug nuts improperly secured. Truck crew chief Carl Joiner Jr has been fined $2,500 for the infraction.
During the race last Thursday night, the number 68 Clay Greenfield Motorsports truck driven by truck owner Clay Greenfield lost ballast on the track. As a result, truck chief Melvin Burns Jr, crew chief Danny Gill, and truck mechanic William Guinade have all been suspended for three races.