Kyle Busch’s crew chief fined, suspended after violating NASCAR’s lug nut rule

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) looks on during practice of the GoBowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
May 6, 2016; Kansas City, KS, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) looks on during practice of the GoBowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

May 6, 2016; Kansas City, KS, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) looks on during practice of the GoBowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

You win some and you lose some. Then sometimes it all happens at the same time.

For Kyle Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens, that’s exactly what happened at Kansas as he was fined $20,000 and suspended one race for violating NASCAR’s new lug nut rule on Saturday night.

NASCAR released the penalty on Wednesday, noting that Busch’s pit crew was served with a P3 penalty for the violation. All five lug nuts were glued on, but not properly secured by a pit gun during the final pit stop of the race.

Rodney Childers, Kevin Harvick’s crew chief, had an interesting take on the situation.

Along with Stevens, Busch’s front tire changer Josh Leslie also was suspended for one race.

After being called out by Tony Stewart and a handful of other drivers, NASCAR decided to change the lug nut rule to increase safety at the track. While a win will not be taken away or points deducted from Busch or the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team, losing Stevens for a weekend is a crushing blow for the defending Sprint Cup champion.

Joe Gibbs Racing has not issued an appeal at this time, meaning Stevens and Leslie would miss the race at Dover on Sunday.

 

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