NASCAR suspends two crew chiefs, encumbers finishes, victory after Atlanta

Kyle Busch won Sunday's Xfinity series race (Getty Images)

NASCAR suspended Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Randall Burnett crew chief of the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing team for three points races Wednesday. He was also fined $65,000.

The fines and suspension are a L1-level penalty for lug nuts not being properly installed following Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Driver AJ Allmendinger was docked 35 driver points and the team 35 owner points. In addition, Allmendinger’s 26th-place finish at Atlanta is encumbered, per section 12.10 of the NASCAR Rule Book.

In the Xfinity series, an L-1 penalty was brought against the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team after the winning car of Kyle Busch failed post-race inspection. The car did not meet post-race front body inspection heights.

NASCAR said the victory is encumbered. This removes the playoff-point incentives from the win for the No. 18 team. Crew chief Scott Graves was fined $10,000 and suspended from the next Xfinity Series points race, in the addition the team was penalized with the loss of 10 owner points.

There were two penalties in the Camping World Truck Series following Atlanta. The No. 23 team for GMS Racing, with driver Chase Elliott, did not meet ground clearance inspection measurements following post-race inspection.  Elliott finished fifth but the finish is now encumbered.

Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz was fined $5,000 and suspended from the next Camping World Truck Series points race, and the team lost 10 owner points.

The No. 23 was also given a safety penalty due to improperly installed lug nuts. Stankiewicz was fined an additional $2,500.

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