Larson crew chief suspended for Pocono lug nut violation

The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team becomes the fourth team to violate the strict new lug nut policy set forth by NASCAR.

Larson crew chief suspended for Pocono lug nut violation
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
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Brad Keselowski, Team Penske Ford
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske Ford pit action
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Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet inspection

After finishing 11th at Pocono, NASCAR found a lug nut violation, stating in this week's penalty report: "Lug nut(s) not properly installed." 

The P3 level penalty means that crew chief Chad Johnston has consequently been suspended and will miss this weekend's Cup race at Michigan International Speedway and fined $20,000. He has also been placed on probation for the remainder of the calendar year.

Despite there being a flurry of activity all around Brad Keselowski's car after the Pocono race on Monday, there will be no further penalties assessed to the No. 2 Team Penske Ford.

During the race, he was brought back down pit road for body manipulation. NASCAR determined that a crew member purposely dented in the side of the race car during a pit stop.

He went on to finish third. 

Watch Keslowski's pitstop...

Written warnings were also issued to the following teams: No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing (Failed LIS twice, pre-race), No. 83 BK Racing (Failed LIS twice, pre-race), No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing (Failed template inspection twice, pre-race), No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports (Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying), No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing (Failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying), and the No. 95 Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing entry (Failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying).

With it being Smith's fourth warning, they will lost their pit stall selection this weekend.

 

 

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