Joe Gibbs Racing first hit by NASCAR’s new lug nut stance
Kyle Busch took the checkered flag in the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 7, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team of reigning champion Kyle Busch is the first casualty of NASCAR’s return to mandating five lug nuts on wheels. Since Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City, Kan., No. 18 crew chief Adam Stevens has been fined $20,000, suspended from NASCAR competition through May 18 and placed on probation through the end of the year. Front tire changer Josh Leslie also has been suspended through May 18. The period of time of the suspension will have both men suspended for one Sprint Cup race — Sunday’s event at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
NASCAR cited violation of sections 12:1, 10.11.3.4, 220.127.116.11.1 g and o of the 2016 rule book and classified the infraction as a P3 violation on its penalty scale. Worth noting — section 10.11.3.4 states that “all tires, wheels and all five lug nuts must be installed in a safe and secure manner at all times during the event.”
Busch and the No. 18 team won the Kansas race, their third victory, so far, this season. They will retain the win and the points awarded for the win.