Suspension Looming for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Crew Chief

Dale Jr. just needs to retire
Dale Jr. just needs to retire

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Bojangles’ Southern 500 ended with 22nd-place finish as the Hendrick Motorsports driver continues to disappoint his fans in his final season.

To make matters worse, Earnhardt’s crew chief, Greg Ives, will get a one-race suspension and a $20,000 fine after the No. 88 was found to be missing two lugnuts on the right-rear wheel in post-race inspection at Darlington Raceway.

Earnhardt, who is 22nd in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points standings, will need to win next Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway if he wants to make NASCAR’s playoffs and race for a championship in his final season.

“They pulled me over because I’ve got some loose lugnuts on the right-rear," Earnhardt said of the NASCAR inspectors. “Yeah, I mean when they saw they picked right up on it. I had a really bad vibration that last run and there was a bunch of them loose on the right-rear. They (the pit crew) must have just kind of had a screw up."

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