GMS Racing has announced its full-time driver-crew chief lineup for the 2020 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season and number assignments for its trucks:
– Chad Norris has been named crew chief for Brett Moffitt and the No. 23 Chevrolet team. Moffitt drove the No. 24 in his first season with the team. Norris has been with GMS Racing for two years and directed the effort that delivered the team its 2018 Xfinity Series win at Talladega.
– Chad Walter will lead Tyler Ankrum and the No. 26 team. 2020 will be Ankrum’s first season with GMS Racing. Walter served as an engineer for Ankrum this season at DGR-Crosley. Walter has five wins and 42 top fives in 208 Xfinity Series starts as crew chief.
– Kevin “Bono” Manion is paired with Zane Smith on the No. 21 Chevrolet. 2020 will be Smith’s first full-time Trucks season after competing part-time for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Manion has 24 wins as crew chief across all three national series since 2003. He led Martin Truex Jr. to his two Xfinity Series titles.
– Jeff Stankiewicz will remain as the crew chief for the No. 2 team piloted by Sheldon Creed.
NASCAR suspended three members of Sheldon Creed‘s Gander Outdoors Truck Series team for a violation last week at Eldora Speedway.
NASCAR penalized the team Tuesday for loss or separation of added ballast from the vehicle.
NASCAR suspended crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, truck chief Austin Pollak and engineer Jonathan Stewart for the next three Truck events through Sept. 10.
GMS Racing stated it would not appeal the penalty. The team announced that Darren Fraley will serve as interim crew chief. Fraley was an engineer for GMS Racing in 2018 with Justin Haley. Fraley had served as Jordan Anderson‘s crew chief earlier this season.
NASCAR also announced Tuesday that crew chief Mark Hillman has been fined $10,000 because a lug nut was not safe and secured on Parker Kligerman‘s car after Sunday’s Cup race at Watkins Glen International.
Jeff Stankiewicz, the GMS Racing crew chief on its No. 23 entry, has been fined $7,500 and suspended one race following two separate infractions after the Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stankiewicz has been fined $5,000 and been suspended after the truck driven by Chase Elliott failed post-race height measurements. That’s a L1 infraction and results in an encumbered finish.
Here’s the the L1 violation per the NASCAR rule book:
- Sections 18.104.22.168.1.2 Post-Race Front Body Inspection Heights. — Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes. Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances.
As an encumbered finish, Elliott’s fifth-place finish does not count toward owner’s points. The No. 23 team has been docked 10 owner points.
Stankiewicz has also been fined $2,500 for not having all 20 lug nuts secured properly.