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NASCAR suspends two Xfinity crew chiefs for New Hampshire violations

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NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Ryan Preece and John Hunter Nemechek for the next three Xfinity races after both their cars failed inspection after last weekend’s New Hampshire race.

NASCAR announced Tuesday that it also had fined crew chiefs Eric Phillips (Preece) and Mike Shiplett (Nemechek) $10,000 each. NASCAR penalized both drivers 10 points and docked the teams 10 owner points each. Their finishes will not count if needed in any tiebreaker. Preece placed third, and Nemechek was fourth at New Hampshire.

Both teams were penalized for failing post-race height requirements. It is an L1 infraction.

Joe Gibbs Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing both stated that they would not appeal the penalties.

NASCAR also fined Timothy Brown, the crew chief for David Starr, $5,000 for having one lug nut not safe and secure after the race.

In Cup, NASCAR fined Darian Grubb, crew chief for William Byron, $10,000 for one lug nut not safe and secure on Byron’s car after the race.

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Seven Cup cars to be penalized practice time at New Hampshire

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LOUDON, N.H. – Seven Cup cars will be docked practice time Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for inspection issues last weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Six Xfinity cars also will be penalized practice time.

In Cup, the teams of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Weatherman, BJ McLeod and Blake Jones will be docked 15 minutes of opening practice for being late to pre-qualifying/race inspection last weekend at Kentucky.

The teams of Daniel Suarez and AJ Allmendinger will miss 15 minutes of the opening practice for failing inspection before last weekend’s race twice.

Opening Cup practice is from noon – 12:50 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Denny Hamlin‘s team will be penalized 15 minutes of final practice on Saturday for failing inspection before last weekend’s qualifying at Kentucky twice.

In Xfinity, the teams of Josh Bilicki and David Starr will be held 15 minutes in opening practice for being out of the garage late. The teams of Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Brandon Hightower and Austin Cindric will be penalized 15 minutes for failing inspection twice last weekend at Kentucky. Opening Xfinity practice is from 1:05 – 1:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

 

Three Cup teams penalized practice time at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Three Cup teams each will be docked 15 minutes of practice Friday at Michigan International Speedway.

Joey Logano and Chase Elliott each will miss 15 minutes for failing inspection twice last week at Pocono. The No. 99 StarCom Racing team, which features Garrett Smithley making his Cup debut this weekend, also will be docked 15 minutes for being late to inspection previously.

Opening Cup practice is from 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. ET today.

In the Xfinity Series, the teams of Smithley, Michael Annett, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones and David Starr each will be penalized 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection previously.

Opening Xfinity practice is from 1:05 – 1:55 p.m. ET Friday.

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NASCAR suspends three team members but only for Truck Series

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NASCAR suspended three members of Kyle Busch’s Camping World Series Truck team Wednesday because a wheel came off the truck during last weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

However, the three-race suspensions are only for the Truck series instead of across all three national series.

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Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer, hinted Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that series officials were looking at making such suspensions for the series the infraction occurred instead of across all three national series.

The matter became an issue because two of Busch’s pit crew members work for other teams in other series.

Rear tire changer Coleman Dollarhide also is a rear tire changer on Cole Custer’s Xfinity team and Kurt Busch’s Cup team at Stewart-Haas Racing. Jack man Ernie Pierce also has that role for Clint Bowyer’s Cup team at SHR.

The suspensions to Dollarhide and Pierce will not impact their ability to work in Xfinity and Cup.

Also suspended was Marcus Richmond, crew chief for Kyle Busch’s truck team.

NASCAR also announced Wednesday:

A $10,000 fine to crew chief Rodney Childers because Kevin Harvick’s winning Cup car had one lug nut not secured after the Atlanta race.

$5,000 fines each to crew chief Tim Brown (of the No. 52 team of David Starr) and Mike Shiplett (of the No. 42 team of John Hunter Nemechek) because each team had a lug nut not secured after the Xfinity race.

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Entry lists for NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway

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All three of NASCAR’s national series will continue their playoff runs this weekend with a trip to Texas Motor Speedway in Forth Worth, Texas.

The Cup Series holds the AAA Texas 500, while Xfinity teams take part in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. The Camping World Truck Series has the Jag Metals 350.

All three series have three races left in their seasons.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for all three races.

Cup – AAA Texas 500

There are 40 cars entered.

Gray Gaulding is in BK Racing’s No. 83 Toyota and Corey LaJoie is in the No. 23 Toyota.

Ray Black II is in the No. 51 Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing for his second Cup start of the year.

Joey Gase is entered in the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. It will be his seventh Cup start of the year.

David Starr, a native of Texas, will drive the No. 66 Chevrolet for Carl Long. It will be his first Cup start since 2011.

Jimmie Johnson won the April race at Texas after leading the final 17 laps, beating Kyle Larson and Joey Logano.

Carl Edwards is the defending winner of this race. Edwards was leading when rain shortened the race by 41 laps.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – O’Reilly Auto Parts 300

There are 40 cars entered. Cup drivers, Ryan Blaney, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson and Erik Jones are entered.

Christopher Bell is entered into the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Jones won the April Texas race after leading 112 laps and beating Blaney and Kevin Harvick.

Larson is the defending winner of this race. He led 30 laps and beat Brad Keselowski and Harvick.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – Jeg Metals 350

There are 31 trucks entered. No Cup drivers are entered.

Myatt Snider will make his seventh start of the year in the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He finished 16th at Texas in June after a crash.

Christopher Bell won the June race, starting 21st and leading 92 laps.

Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner. He won last year after passing Matt Crafton with three laps to go.

Click here for the entry list.