NASCAR: Larson to lose Crew Chief and Tire Changer

Kyle Larson will be be without crew chief Cliff Daniels and two pit crew members for the next four races after a wheel came off his car in Sunday’s Cup race at Sonoma Raceway.

The caution waved when Larson’s right front wheel rolled off in the uphill section between turns 1 and 2.  NASCAR does not take kindly to errant wheels rolling at high speed that could bounce into the grandstands and injure or kill.

Hence, the penalty is stiff.

This is the 10th time this season that a wheel has come off a Cup car in a race and led to a four-race suspension. A team can appeal the decision, but no team that appealed that penalty this year has won.