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Suspension Levied Against Elliott’s Team Following Rear-End Violation

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The suspensions and points penalties continue to be imposed against Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, with Chase Elliott‘s team suffering the latest.

Following the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway, the No. 9 Chevrolet was found in violation of Section 20.14.2 of the rulebook, which speaks of the Rear Suspension I-4 Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims.

According to the penalty report, Hendrick Motorsports did not follow the part of the rule which states “the truck trailing arm spacer / pinion angle shim mating surfaces must be planar and must be in complete contact with corresponding mating surfaces at all points and at all times.”

As a result, crew chief Alan Gustafson was fined $50,000, with car chief Josh Kirk suspended for two events, as well as having 25 regular season driver and owner points taken away. Additionally, Elliott cannot use the third-place finish in the event of a tie-breaker to make the playoffs, or during the post-season. 

As with any penalty, the team does have an opportunity to appeal to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel, which Hendrick Motorsports has confirmed their intentions to do.

Elliott’s team wasn’t the only penalized following Sunday’s race, with several being fined for lug nut violations. Five cars were found with loose lug nuts following the TicketGuardian 500 – Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr. Each of their crew chiefs were fined $10,000.

Additionally, both Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski had loose lug nuts following Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series DC Solar 200, resulting in $5,000 fines for each of their respective crew chiefs. 

Lastly, Brandon J. Lee and Wayne F. Kanter have been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violation of the substance abuse policy.



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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.