JGR won’t appeal suspension of Kyle Busch crew chief for lug nut violation

Kyle Busch won his third race of the season at Kansas.
Kyle Busch won his third race  of the season at Kansas.
Kyle Busch won his third race of the season at Kansas.

The Joe Gibbs Racing team of driver Kyle Busch was the first to suffer a penalty under NASCAR’s new strict lug nut policy Wednesday.  NASCAR announced Wednesday that chief Adam Stevens was fined was fined $20,000 and  along with front tire changer Josh Leslie, was suspended through May 18 and put on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The infraction was found after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Saturday night.

Busch started sixth and finished first at Kansas for his third win of the season. Busch, the 2015 series champion, now leads the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.  The team was penalized under sections 12:1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 10.11.3 (pit road equipment) and (which outlines the P3-level penalty) of the NASCAR Rule Book.

This is the first penalty under NASCAR’s new tougher lug nut policy.


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