NASCAR officials penalized four Cup Series teams and two Xfinity Series teams Tuesday for lug-nut violations during last weekend’s events at Pocono Raceway.
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On the Cup Series side, each infraction occurred in Saturday’s Pocono Organics CBD 325, the opening race in a weekend doubleheader for the tour. Sunday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 was all clear in post-race inspection.
Each of the four Cup Series teams was found with one unsecured lug nut in Saturday’s post-race check, resulting in a $10,000 fine for each of the following teams/crew chiefs:
• No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (crew chief Rodney Childers; driver Kevin Harvick)
• No. 12 Team Penske Ford (crew chief Todd Gordon; driver Ryan Blaney)
• No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (crew chief Ben Beshore; driver Kyle Busch)
• No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota (crew chief Mike Wheeler; driver Bubba Wallace)
In the Xfinity Series, two teams were also found with a single unsecured lug nut after Sunday’s Pocono Green 225, resulting in $5,000 fines for each crew chief. The offending teams were the race-winning No. 22 Team Penske Ford (crew chief Brian Wilson; driver Austin Cindric) and the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (crew chief Dave Rogers; driver Daniel Hemric).
Additionally, JGR crew member Micah Horton was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for violating Rule Book Sections 12.1, 12.8.a and 12.8.g — all of which relate to member conduct. Horton was listed on NASCAR team rosters as a mechanic for the No. 18 team for the Xfinity Series’ last three events; he was listed as the No. 18 team’s car chief for the first 11 races of the Xfinity Series season.