NASCAR penalty report: Michigan and WWT Raceway

NASCAR’s silly lug nut penalties continue.

The NASCAR penalty report from Michigan International Speedway (Cup, Xfinity) and World Wide Technology Raceway (Truck) includes a one-race suspension for the car chief of Ross Chastain‘s No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Cup team.

  • Cup Series: Crew chiefs Mike Wheeler (No. 23 23XI Racing – driver Bubba Wallace) and Mike Hillman (No. 51 Rick Ware Racing – driver Cody Ware) were both fined $10,000. Their respective cars were found with one lug nut not secure.
  • Xfinity Series: Crew chief Jason Trinchere (No. 16 Kaulig Racing – driver A.J. Allmendinger) was fined $5,000. Allmendinger’s race-winning car was found with one lug nut not secure.
  • Truck Series: Crew chief Mark Hillman (No. 19 McAnally-Hilgemann Racing – driver Derek Kraus) was fined $2,500. Kraus’ truck was found with one lug nut not secure.

Additionally, Xfinity Series crew member Brian Thomas has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for a behavioral violation. The penalty report cited Sections 12.1.a, 12.8.1.a and 12.8.1.e of the Xfinity Series rule book.