Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Loose Sonoma nuts cost Kyle Busch another crew chief

The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team was penalized by NASCAR Wednesday after Busch's vehicle was found with two loose lug nuts after the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

The ban stemmed from the guidelines set in the 2017 NASCAR Rule Book for having two of the 20 lug nuts incorrectly installed.

A spokesperson for Joe Gibbs Racing said that team engineer Jacob Canter would serve as crew chief for the No. 18 this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR issued a one-race suspension to Kyle Busch interim crew chief Ben Beshore for Busch's fifth-place vehicle having two lug nuts not tight following the NASCAR Cup event Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Canter served as interim crew chief for JGR's No. 20 Xfinity team last weekend at Iowa after Chris Gabehart was suspended two races for a splitter violation found in post-race inspection after Denny Hamlin's Xfinity win at MI.

Beshore will be fined $20,000 for the infraction and no replacement has been named by the team as of yet. Beshore has been filling in for Adam Stevens, who was suspended for four races after a tire violation at Dover.

The No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Xfinity Series team was also penalized for loose lug nuts. Crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. was fined $5,000.

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