NASCAR Xfinity Series title contender Justin Allgaier will likely compete for the championship without his crew chief next weekend.
Allgaier locked his berth in the Championship 4 through his 10th place finish in Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Raceway but his No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet failed post-race inspection.
NASCAR spokesman Tom Bryant said the No. 7 car was found to have an unattached brake cooling hose and was issued an expedited L1 penalty.
Penalties of that nature typically include a deduction of 10 driver and owner points, a $25,000 fine and a one-week suspension of the crew chief. Jason Burdett is Allgaier’s crew chief.
NASCAR officials said the team will be allowed to make an expedited appeal, should it choose to do so.
The potential points penalty would not alter Allgaier’s ability to claim a spot in the Championship 4.
It was one year ago that Allgaier’s JRM teammate, Elliott Sadler, lost his crew chief entering the Xfinity championship race due to two unsecured lug nuts found after the Phoenix race.