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Following the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, three Joe Gibbs Racing Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car chiefs have been suspended.

The No. 11 of Denny Hamlin, the No. 18 of Kyle Busch, and the No. 20 of Erik Jones were found in violation of section 20.4.3.a of the NASCAR rulebook, which pertains to the splitter of their vehicles.

As a result, their respective crew chiefs Chris Gayle (No. 11), Adam Stevens (No. 18), and Mike Wheeler (N0. 20) were fined $25,000 each, with the car chiefs (Jason Overstreet for No. 11, Nate Bellows for No. 18, Brandon Griffeth for No. 20) suspended for the next Cup Series points eligible event. 

It marks the first significant penalty for each driver in 2018, but second for Joe Gibbs Racing. Following the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway, Daniel Suarez‘s car chief was suspended for an event for violating section 20.4.h Body and 20.4.8.1.c Rear Window Support and Structure of the NASCAR Rulebook with not having the rear window flush to the deck lid.

This marks the second splitter related penalty of 2018, after Austin Dillon‘s  car chief Greg Ebert was suspended for an event following the AAA 400.

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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.