Over the 13 races in the NASCAR Cup Series of the 2022 season so far, there has been a number of issues involving lost wheels on the new Next Gen car.

During the race at the Monster Mile of Dover Speedway Denny Hamlin’s number eleven car lost a wheel.  Hamlin’s team owner Joe Gibbs Racing decided to challenge the penalty and appealed the ruling that would result in the four race suspension of three crew members including the crew chief.

On May 18 the National Motorsports Appeals Panel met to rule on the appeal.  Panel members Kelly Housby, Bill Mullis and Kevin Whitaker ruled that the penalty violating NASCAR Rule book Section 10.5.2.6 will stand.

In stage three of the May 2 race at Dover, Hamlin’s car lost the left front tire while exiting pit road.  When NASCAR issued the penalty meant that crew chief Chris Gabehart, jackman Derrell Edwards and tire changer Blake Houston would all be suspended for the next four Cup Series races.  That penalty was put on hold until after the appeal hearing; but with the ruling that the penalty will stand, the crewmen will have to serve those penalties but will be able to be a part of the All Star Race in Texas this weekend.

JGR has one more opportunity to appeal the case to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer but has not stated yet whether or not he will do so.

When NASCAR introduced the Next Gen car, they also stated that the penalties would be more severe.  Up until last year when the Goodyear tires had five lug nuts, teams were charged $10,000 per loose lug nut; this year under the new rules there are no more fines but if the new single lug nut tire comes off, the penalty is a four race suspension.