The NASCAR racing season has just ended, but there is one last penalty report the triple header weekend at Phoenix Raceway.
While the pit road penalties were held to a minimum, that was not the case when NASCAR performed their post race inspections. A total of 10 teams were fined all in relation to lug nut violations.
The most severe violation was the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 Cup Series car driven by Kyle Busch who had two lug nuts improperly secured. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Ben Beshore has been fined $20,000 and when the drivers begin the 2022 season with The Clash, Busch will not have his crew chief on the pit box after Beshore was suspended for the next Cup Series race.
The remainder of the penalties were for a single lug nut improperly secured including two more of the Final Four drivers.
Five Cup Series teams had their crew chiefs fined $10,000…
The Team Penske number two car driven by Brad Keselowski with Jeremy Bullins as crew chief
The Hendrick Motorsports number five car driven by 2021 champion Kyle Larson with Cliff Daniels as crew chief
The Joe Gibbs Racing number eleven car driven by Denny Hamlin with Chris Gabehart as crew chief
The Joe Gibbs Racing number 19 car driven by Martin Truex Jr with James Small as crew chief
The Wood Brothers Racing number 21 car driven by Matt DiBenedetto with Jonathan Hassler as crew chief
In the Xfinity Series, only two teams were charged with a lug nut violation. The crew chiefs were each fined $5,000 for the infraction…
The Kaulig Racing number eleven car driven by Justin Haley with Alex Yontz as crew chief
And the Joe Gibbs Racing number 54 car driven by John Hunter Nemechek with Chris Gayle as crew chief
Two more teams in the Camping World Truck Series were also found to have a single lug nut improperly secured and their crew chiefs were fined $2,500 for the infraction…
The Hattori Racing Enterprises number 16 truck driven by Austin Hill
And the GMS Racing number 26 truck driven by Tyler Ankrum with Charles Denike as crew chief
In 2022, the Cup Series will be driving the Next Gen car which foregoes the five lug nut wheel and replaces it with a single lug nut. While this should make changing tires quicker, teams will not see times drop much during a four tire pit stop due to the amount of time needed to fuel a car.