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Darlington penalty report

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NASCAR issued its Darlington penalty report Tuesday, listing the one-race suspensions to crew chiefs Adam Stevens and Johnny Klausmeier. NASCAR also listed the penalty to Ryan Blaney’s team and fines to three crew chiefs for lug nut issues.

In Cup, NASCAR fined crew chiefs Rodney Childers (Kevin Harvick) and Chad Knaus (William Byron) for one lug nut not secure.

In Trucks, NASCAR fined Kevin Bellicourt (Derek Kraus) $2,500 for a lug nut not secured.

Two truck crew chiefs fined for lug nut violations

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NASCAR has fined two Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series crew chiefs $2,500 each for having a lug nut not secure and safe after last Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway.

NASCAR fined Truck crew chiefs Kevin Bellicourt, crew chief for rookie Derek Kraus, and Danny Stockman, crew chief for Brandon Jones, for the lug nut violations.

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Two crew chiefs fined for loose lug nuts at Kentucky

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NASCAR has issued two fines to crew chiefs for loose lug nuts last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

Brian Wilson, crew chief for Paul Menard in the Xfinity race, was fined $5,000 for a loose lug nut. Menard finished ninth.

Kevin Bellicourt, crew chief for Justin Haley in the Camping World Truck Series, was fined $2,500 for a loose lug nut. Haley finished 10th.

There were no other penalties.

Justin Haley returning to GMS Racing for 2018

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Justin Haley will again drive the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado this season for GMS Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the team announced Monday. Sponsor Fraternal Order of Eagles also returns.

The 18-year-old won a pole at Texas and had three top-five finishes and 12 top-10 results in 21 starts last year.

“We found a lot of success toward the end of the 2017 season, so there’s a good amount of momentum that we can carry over into this year,” said Haley in a statement from the team. “The No. 24 team is working hard in the offseason to take us to that next level, to be able to keep running up front and improving week to week. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be competing for a championship when we get to Miami, and I couldn’t be more excited to be heading in that direction with GMS and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.”

Haley will again have Kevin Bellicourt as his crew chief.

“It’s been really encouraging to see the work that not only this team has done, but that Justin has put in over the offseason,” said Bellicourt in a statement from the team. “From working in the gym to time on the simulator, he’s focused on getting himself prepared to make a run for the title. The team has put everything we’ve got behind him and we’ve watched him do the same. It feels like all the pieces are coming together at the right time.”

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Two Camping World Truck Series teams penalized for Texas issues

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All three major NASCAR series were in action this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Penalties were assessed to two teams in the Camping World Truck Series:

  • Kevin Bellicourt, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet (driven by Justin Haley), has been fined $5,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Points Event (at Phoenix) for an L1 penalty: Sections 20.17.3.2.1.2 and 20.17.3.2.2.2 Post-Race Front and Rear Body Inspection Heights — measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances. Team was also assessed with the loss of 10 driver points (to Haley) and 10 owner points. Also, the team’s fifth-place race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.
  • Ryan Fugle, crew chief of the No. 4 Toyota (driven by Christopher Bell) has been fined $2,500 for a safety violation: Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.