NASCAR Cup Series crew chiefs Cole Pearn and Robert “Bootie” Barker have each been fined for having one unsecured lug nut following Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr., and Barker, crew chief for rookie Ty Dillon, have been fined $10,000 each.
NASCAR’s lug nut policy was changed prior to the season.
As part of NASCAR’s revised penalty system, if a team has 17 or fewer lug nuts (of 20) secured, it is issued an L1 penalty with a three-race crew chief suspension and a $65,000 fine. For 18 secured lug nuts, a team receives a $20,000 fine and a one-race crew chief suspension. For 19 secured lug nuts, a $10,000 fine is issued.
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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?
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.
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?
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.