Two NASCAR Cup Series crew chiefs fined for unsecured lug nuts

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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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