NASCAR penalizes 2 Xfinity teams, suspends crew chief and car chief for one team

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NASCAR has suspended crew chief John Monsam and car chief David Jones one race each after a weight fell off Peyton Sellers’ car last weekend at Dover and caused Carl Long to crash.

NASCAR announced Wednesday that Monsam also has been fined $15,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31. Sellers loses 15 points. Owner Victor Obaika is docked 15 points for the P3 penalty.

NASCAR also announced crew chief Nick Harrison has been fined $7,500 and placed on probation through Dec 31 for the No. 33 Xfinity car being too low in the rear during postrace inspection at Dover. Richard Childress was docked 10 owner points.

Attached weight fell off Sellers’ car late in Friday’s Xfinity practice and Dover. Carl Long could not avoid it and stuck the weight, which damaged his radiator. Water flowed on to his tires, and Long lost control, shooting up the track into the wall. He also came down the track and hit the inside wall.

Monsam told NASCAR Talk after the incident: “I cannot apologize enough. An error on our part. There’s no excuse for it. All we can be right now is very grateful that Carl did not get hurt. Mistakes happen. Nobody’s perfect. I think it’s just a coincidence that it happened a couple of weeks ago to someone else. All I can say is I will take every step to make sure we’re right with Carl and it will never happen again.”

The incident was the second time in the last month that weight had fallen off a car and been struck. Weight from Ross Chastain’s JD Motorsports car struck Jamie Dick’s car and his helmet last month at Iowa Speedway. NASCAR fined Chastain’s crew chief, Gary Cogswell, $15,000 and placed him on probation through Dec. 31 for the P3 penalty.