Three crew chiefs have been fined for unsecured lug nuts during the NASCAR race weekend in Michigan.
Trent Owens, crew chief on Chris Buescher‘s No. 37 Chevrolet, and Billy Scott, crew chief on Daniel Suarez‘s No. 41 Ford, were fined $10,000 apiece for having one unsecured lug nut after the Cup race.
In the Xfinity Series, Randall Burnett, crew chief for race winner Tyler Reddick was fined $5,000 for one unsecured lug nut.
NASCAR also announced the indefinite suspension of Taylor J. Morse for behavioral level penalties, including violating its substance abuse policy.
Chris Buescher has signed a multi-year contact to remain at JTG Daugherty in the No. 37 Chevrolet, the team announced Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“Really excited to be able to get everything worked out,” Buescher said. “We’ve been able to make a lot of progress this season.”
The team also announced that crew chief Trent Owens has signed an extension to remain with the team.
Buescher was loaned to the team before this season by Roush Fenway Racing because that organization had no room for him. With this new deal, Buescher will no longer be aligned with Roush Fenway Racing.
Roush also leased a charter to JTG Daugherty for the No. 37 car this season. That charter must be returned after this year. Car owner Tad Geschickter said the team had an agreement to purchase a charter.
“That paperwork is going to be submitted to NASCAR this week,” Geschickter said.
He also said that the team has “several years” on its agreement to remain aligned with Richard Childress Racing.
Buescher won the 2015 Xfinity championship for Roush Fenway Racing and was loaned to Front Row Motorsports in 2016 to run in Cup. He won at Pocono as a rookie to earn a spot in last year’s playoffs. Buescher finished 16th in the points.
The 24-year-old Buescher is 25th in the points heading into Saturday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC). Buescher finished a season-best sixth last week at Michigan International Speedway.
The signing is not unexpected. Buescher said last month at Indianapolis that he and the team were working on a new deal.
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Trent Owens will be the crew chief for Chris Buescher on JTG Daugherty Racing’s new No. 37 team this season.
Owens confirmed the news on Twitter Monday night.
This season will be JTG Daugherty’s first as a two-car team. It’s Buescher’s second full season in the Monster Energy NASCR Cup Series after driving for Front Row Motorsports in 2016.
Owens will return to the Cup Series after Richard Petty Motorsports removed him from his crew chief position on the No. 43 of Aric Almirola after 29 races in 2016. Owens served as Almirola’s crew chief from 2014-16.
Owens has one Cup win as a crew chief, with Almirola in the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in 2014.
Owens spent eight years as crew chief in the Xfinity Series, earning five wins and leading Kyle Larson to Rookie of the Year honors in 2013.
Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5 – 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and previews the 2016 season for Richard Petty Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing
Dave Briggs hosts from our Stamford, Connecticut studio and will be joined by Jeff Burton and guest Aric Almirola from Burton’s Garage and Steve Letarte at NBC Sports Charlotte.
On today’s show:
- Almirola serves a guest anchor and will discuss what’s in store for his No. 43 team and the addition of teammate Brian Scott.
- Dave Burns meets with Almirola’s crew chief, Trent Owens, to discuss the team’s preparation for Speedweeks at Daytona and the low-downforce rules being introduced this season.
- With the anticipation of a new charter system being announced Tuesday, NASCAR America will have the breakdown on how this could impact teams.
- A look at NASCAR’s presence at the Super Bowl Sunday night and how the Carolina Panthers loss hit home for many in NASCAR based in Charlotte.
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