While NASCAR has streamlined the post race inspection process, other penalties are still assessed in the following week. After the triple header weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that had playoff implications for all three series, NASCAR has charged five teams with lug nut violations – three in the Monster Cup Series and two in the Xfinity Series.
In the Monster Energy Cup Series the number 10 Stewart-Haas Racing car driven by Aric Almirola, the number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch, and the number 88 Hendricks Motorsports car driven by Alex Bowman were all found the have lug nut violations during the post race inspection process. As a result of the infractions the number 10 crew chief John Klausmeier, the number 18 crew chief Adam Stevens, and the number 88 crew chief Greg Ives were all fined $10,000 each.
In the Xfinity Series, the number nine car driven by Noah Gragson and the number 19 car driven by Brandon Jones were also found to have a lug nut improperly secured in the post race inspection process. As a result of the infractions, the number nine crew chief Dave Elenz and the number 19 crew chief Jeff Meendering were fined $5,000 each.
In other Xfinity Series news, Bailey Currey has completed successfully his Road to Recovery program for violating NASCAR’s no tolerance policy and using a banned substance. Currey’s suspension has been suspended and he is allowed to return to the track.