Crew chief for Joey Logano fined $10,000 for lug nut violation

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NASCAR fined Todd Gordon, crew chief for Joey Logano, $10,000 for a lug nut violation discovered Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Logano’s car was found to have 19 of 20 lug nuts secured after the race. This is the first time the team has been penalized for this infraction.

Should the team be penalized again for the same infraction this season, NASCAR would issue a $20,000 fine.

No points are deducted for a lug nut violation for a first-time offense unless three or more lug nuts are not secured.

NASCAR also announced that Kevin Meendering, crew chief for Elliott Sadler in the Xfinity Series, has been fined $5,000 for a lug nut violation after the Texas race. Sadler’s team was found to have 19 of 20 lug nuts secured. The team did not receive any other penalties since this was its first offense for this violation.

NASCAR America: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.

The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching  Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.

But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.

No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.