The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 18 turned out to be a very interesting…and costly…event for the 37 drivers who took to the track.
An early crash due to wet weather conditions took out pole sitter and race leader at the time Kyle Busch, a crew member illegally working on Joey Logano’s car during a red flag condition cost the driver a two lap penalty, and more than once a team had an issue with lug nuts and loose tires.
When NASCAR issued penalties from the weekend, two Cup Series teams were fined for lug nut infractions. As a result, the crew chiefs were fined $10,000 each.
The two teams are:
The Team Penske number 12 car driven by Ryan Blaney with Todd Gordon as crew chief
and the Trackhouse Racing number 99 car driven by Daniel Suarez with Travis Mack as crew chief
No Penalties were issued after the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.
On lap seven of the race, pole sitter and leader Kyle Busch spun out and hit the wall hard after hitting a wet patch on the track. As a result, Busch’s car sustained enough damage that he could not complete the race; but before taking his car down pit road Busch came up and bumped the pace car to show his displeasure.
There was some speculation at the time over whether Busch would be penalized for his actions. When the penalty report came out NASCAR did not issue any penalties to Busch or team owner Joe Gibbs Racing.
In an interview with NBC Sports during the red flag Busch noted that they had started the race under a mist and got worse from there; adding that the race never should have started under those conditions. Busch is currently ranked fourth in the point standings with two race wins.