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Childers Suspended For Lug Nut Violation


Rodney Childers is a championship winning crew chief for Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Apparently, he is pretty good at predicting the future too.

NASCAR announced Wednesday that Childers will be suspended for the upcoming Pocono race weekend in Long Pond, PA. Harvick’s number 4 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet was found to be in violation of NASCAR’s lug nut guidelines after Sunday’s Crown Royal 400 at Indianapolis. NASCAR requires all 20 lug nuts to be in place at the end of each event. In addition to the suspension, Childers was fined $20,000 and will be on probation for the rest of the 2016 season for the P3 level penalty.

Oddly enough, when NASCAR announced the new rule back in April, Childers tweeted an all-too-accurate prediction. In response to a comment from Brad Keselowski’s spotter Joey Meier, he said “All the years of hitting 5 (lug nuts on each wheel) and hardly ever was all 20 on post race. I will sit at home for a week at some point.” After the penalty was announced, Childers quoted the tweet and added simply “Told ya.”

Other penalties announced after Indianapolis included written warnings for failing LIS inspection twice pre-race to the 5 team of Kasey Kahne, 27 team of Paul Menard, and the number 83 team of Matt Dibenedetto. For Dibenedetto’s Toyota team, it was the 4th such warning, meaning the team will forfeit their pit stall selection this weekend at Pocono.