NASCAR officials handed down penalties to six Cup Series teams after Sunday’s event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including a one-race suspension for Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 14 crew chief, Johnny Klausmeier.
The SHR No. 14 Ford was found with two lug nuts not safely secured after Clint Bowyer drove the car to an 18th-place finish in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. Klausmeier was fined $20,000 and suspended from the next Cup Series race, scheduled Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.
An updated entry list Wednesday for Saturday’s Michigan race showed Greg Zipadelli, SHR’s competition director, will be the crew chief for Bowyer. Zipadelli won two Cup Series championships as the crew chief for Tony Stewart at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2002 and 2005. Earlier this year, Zipadelli filled in for the suspended Richard Boswell and guided driver Chase Briscoe to three NASCAR Xfinity Series wins.
Three other crew chiefs were assessed $10,000 fines after their cars were found with one lug nut not safely secured in a post-race check:
- Jeremy Bullins, crew chief of the Team Penske No. 2 Ford driven by race winner Brad Keselowski
- Randall Burnett, crew chief of the Richard Childress Racing No. 8 Chevrolet driven by rookie and 10th-place finisher Tyler Reddick
- James Small, crew chief of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota driven by third-place finisher Martin Truex Jr.
Officials also issued L1-grade penalties to two teams for improperly mounted ballast, a violation found in pre-race inspection at New Hampshire:
- No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford driven by Corey LaJoie
- No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Bubba Wallace.
Both organizations were docked 10 championship points in the drivers’ and team owners’ standings. On Sunday, both teams’ crew chiefs were ejected and the cars were forced to drop to the rear of the field for the start.