JRM No. 8 team fined for lug-nut violation at Texas; KBM crewmember suspended

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NASCAR officials handed down a $5,000 fine Tuesday to the JR Motorsports No. 8 team for a lug-nut violation after Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

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The No. 8 Chevrolet driven to a 19th-place finish by Josh Berry in the Alsco Uniforms 250 was found with one unsecured lug nut in a post-race check. The safety violation under Section in the NASCAR Rule Book resulted in a $5,000 fine to crew chief Taylor Moyer.

On the Camping World Truck Series side, officials issued an indefinite suspension to Matthew Moermond for a behavioral violation of Sections 12.1, 12.8.a, and 12.8.1.e (Member Conduct Guidelines) in the Rule Book. Moermond was most recently listed as technical director for Kyle Busch Motorsports on NASCAR’s team rosters for the Texas weekend. He has also served as a utility crewmember and an engineer for the KBM organization this year.

Two significant penalties were handed down during the race weekend, both to teams fielding vehicles for Ross Chastain. Competition officials fined the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team $25,000, ejecting crew chief Phil Surgen and dropping Chastain to the rear of the field for the start of the NASCAR All-Star Race for an air-duct violation found in Sunday’s pre-race inspection. In the Camping World Truck Series, the No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet team was disqualified Saturday after an unapproved throttle body was discovered in post-race inspection.