By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR is cracking down on unsecured ballast (lead weight) and wheels coming off of race cars, according to a bulletin sent out to race teams on Wednesday and referred to in an article on NASCAR.com.
Weights and wheel(s) falling out of or off race cars because of improper installation will result in a minimum penalty of a four-race suspension for key team members. That penalty falls under the P3 section of penalties of NASCAR’s deterrence policy.
Key team members in the case of improperly secured weights include the crew chief, car chief and head engineer. For wheels coming off cars because of improper installation, i.e. missing lug nuts, etc., suspensions will be handed down to the crew chief, tire changer and tire carrier responsible for the lost wheel.
In addition to four-race suspensions, penalties may also include the loss of 15 owner and driver points, monetary fines and/or probation through the end of the current year or for six months.
NASCAR issued the bulletin, specifying penalties after two cases of loose weights falling off of cars in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In the first of those two cases, a weight from Ross Chastain went through the windshield of the car driven by Jamie Dick, striking Dick’s helment during a practice session at Iowa Speedway in Newton in May.
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