Over the past weekend at Martinsville Speedway, several teams had issues with lug nuts and loose tires during the race. During the post race inspection process two teams – one Cup and one Xfinity – were found to have an improperly secured lug nut and was fined by NASCAR for the infraction.

In the NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Adam Stevens for the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car driven by Kyle Busch was fined $10,000.

In the Xfinity Series crew chief Jason Burdett for the JR Motorsports number seven car driven by Justin Allgaier was fined $5,000.


There were also some issues during the race under review by NASCAR…

During the race, eventual race winner Chase Elliott made a pit stop that could have spelled potential disaster for the young driver when his jack man came over the wall too soon for a pit stop but the crew members “reset” himself and went back on the wall before coming back to jack up the car. NASCAR determined that there would be no penalty issued since the jack man jumped back on the wall.


However, there are two other issues under review from the Cup series race.

On the final lap of the race, needing just one point to make it into the final four, Kevin Harvick hit and spun out Kyle Busch in order to move up one spot to make it to the championship round.

Harvick spoke on his actions saying, “it was just a move I had to try knowing that I needed one point. I needed to hit (Busch) square in the door, but at that point I was too late and wound up hitting him in the back. It was just a Hail Mary that didn’t work out.”


Erik Jones, driver of the number 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car was reportedly told not to pass team mate Denny Hamlin who was also racing for a spot in the final four.

After reviewing the situation, NASCAR has decided not to issue any penalties to the number 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team. Denny Hamlin finished the race in eleventh place with Erik Jones coming in twelfth. Jones will not be returning to JGR next season.

JGR director of competition Wally Brown noted that had Jones tried to make a pass on Hamlin, Hamlin and Jones would more than likely gotten into a wreck taking both drivers out of the race. Brown also said that there were no team orders issued; they don’t race that way.