Stewart-Haas Racing won’t appeal crew chief Tony Gibson’s suspension


In a statement provided late Wednesday to NBC Sports, Stewart-Haas Racing said it won’t appeal crew chief Tony Gibson’s suspension for a lug nut violation on Kurt Busch‘s No. 41 Chevrolet.

NASCAR announced Wednesday that Gibson would miss this weekend at Pocono Raceway after Busch’s car was found with an improperly secured lug nut after Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Stewart-Haas Racing said engineer John Klausmeier will serve as the interim crew chief for the No. 41 team at Pocono.

Klausmeier previously has filled in Gibson, most notably in the April 19 race at Bristol Motor Speedway. With Gibson laid up in his motor home by kidney stones and remotely communicating with Klausmeier, Busch led 98 laps and finished 15th after an incident on a late restart.

Klausmeier also helped lead the team when Gibson missed most of the race weekend last September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway while recovering from an appendectomy.