Adam Stevens, tire changer Jacob Seminara and tire carrier Kenneth Barber have been suspended for four races each after a wheel came off of Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Sunday at Dover International Speedway in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
So, too, was, Mike Hillman Jr., the crew chief for Chase Briscoe’s Brad Keselowski Racing Ford in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Briscoe also had a tire come off after a pit in last Friday’s Truck Series race at Dover. Along with Hillman, tire changer Wesley McPherson and tire carrier Eric Pinkiert were also suspended for four races each.
NASCAR rules call for a mandatory four-race suspension for the crew chief, tire changer and tire carrier if a wheel comes off on track.
Officially, the penalties fall under Sections 10.9.10.4.c: Tires and Wheels; 126.96.36.199.3.c Minimum Safety Penalty Options Note: Improperly installed wheel. Wheel came off vehicle following a pit stop.
The JGR team members have been suspended through July 3, while the BKR crewmembers have been suspended through July 9. The Cup and Truck series operate on different schedules.
JGR spokesperson Chris Helein told FOXSports.com that the team will not appeal the suspensions of Busch’s crew chief, rear tire changer and rear tire carrier.
“We are disappointed in the penalty that Mike Hillman Jr. and members of our pit crew received following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in Dover,” said Brad Keselowski Racing in a statement issued after the penalties came out. “We are currently considering our options under the appeal process outlined in the NASCAR rulebook. Buddy Sisco will serve as Chase Briscoe’s crew chief in the interim.”
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