NASCAR announced penalties on Wednesday for teams in all three of its national series after last weekend’s races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driven by race-winner Kevin Harvick, received a safety violation for one unsecured lug nut in post-race inspection. Crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $10,000.
The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and the No. 52 Means Motorsports Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driven by John Hunter Nemechek and David Starr, respectively, received safety violations for having one unsecured lug nut in post-race inspection. Crew chiefs Mike Shiplett (No. 42) and Tim Brown (No. 52) were each fined $5,000.
The No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, driven by Kyle Busch, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series received a safety violation for an improperly installed wheel. Busch lost his left rear tire on the track after exiting the team’s pit box. Crew chief Marcus Richmond, rear tire changer Coleman Dollarhide and jackman Ernie Pierce each received a three-race suspension in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the violation.
Richmond took to Twitter to take ownership of the mishap.
I definitely made a mistake last week at Atlanta. I called for RS tires while focusing on the RF. I am glad that the pit crew did not get suspended from cup races! With the support of @KBMteam and all the guys on this 4 team will pull through and not miss a beat!
— marcus richmond (@MarcusRichmond_) February 28, 2018
Dollarhide and Pierce both pit for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy Series, but their eligibility in that series is not affected. Dollarhide was listed as the rear changer for the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing team of Kurt Busch last week, with Pierce serving as jackman for the No. 14 of Clint Bowyer.