NASCAR Cup: Crew member suspended
By AMANDA VINCENT
Michael Casto, gas man on the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford team of Landon Cassill in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR competition, according to the weekly NASCAR penalty/warning report, issued on Wednesday. According to the report, the suspension was the result of a violation of NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.
Casto began the season with the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team of Kevin Harvick, but recently moved to the No. 38 team.
NASCAR also issued three written warnings because of inspection issues during the Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International race weekend that culminated in Sunday’s running of the Cheez-It 355.
Two of those warnings were given to the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford team of Ryan Blaney. The No. 21 team received its first warning of the weekend for twice failing pre-qualifying laser inspection on Saturday. The second written warning came as a result of failing pre-race laser inspection twice on Sunday. The No. 21 team received its fourth written warning at Watkins Glen, so the team will be handed a pit-selection penalty the next time the Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 20.
No matter where Blaney qualifies, his team will be last to select its pit stall at Bristol. Teams usually select their pit stalls in the order in which they qualify.
The other written warning when to the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team of Kyle Larson. The No. 42 team failed pre-qualifying template inspection twice at Watkins Glen.