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Kyle Busch’s Crew Chief Suspended One Race After Violating Lugnut Rule

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In the first punishment stemming from a revised rule requiring five lug nuts on every wheel, crew chief Adam Stevens, who guided Kyle Busch to a victory Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, was suspended for (Tentatively pending if any appeal is submitted) this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway Wednesday. Front-tire changer Josh Leslie was also given a one race suspension in part for violating the rule.

Crew Chief Stevens also was fined $20,000 and additionally him and Josh Leslie were placed on probation through Dec. 31. Their suspensions run through May 18, meaning both will return for the Sprint All-Star Race.

In a penalty report released this afternoon, NASCAR said the infractions committed by Stevens and Leslie fell under:

–Section 10.11.3.4 – WHEELS & TIRES: All tires, wheels, and all five lug nuts must be installed in a safe and secure manner at all times during the event.

–Section 12.5.3.4.1 g, o – P3 PENALTY VIOLATION EXAMPLES: Parts that are designed to fail their intended use; Parts or system configurations of importance not meeting the NASCAR rules, but not of a nature rising to a higher level penalty.

Although both were listed, NASCAR wouldn’t comment on what rule was the reason behind the suspension. There was no immediate word from JGR on whether the team would appeal Busch’s penalty.

NASCAR changed its policy on lug nuts before the May 1 race at Talladega Superspeedway, requiring that five lug nuts must be installed in a safe and secure manner. There were no problems found with lug nuts after the race at Talladega.

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