Allmendinger, Busch, Elliott teams penalized for encumbered finishes

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Post-race tech proved cumbersome for NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway as all three of its national series saw one team with an encumbered finish.

AJ Allmendinger’s JTG Daugherty Racing team were the offenders in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), as Allmendinger’s No. 47 Chevrolet was found with three improperly installed lug nuts following Sunday’s race.

The team was issued an L1-level penalty for the infraction, leading to a loss of 35 driver and owner points, the suspension of crew chief Randall Burnett for three races and a $65,000 fine.

Kyle Busch’s race-winning No. 18 was found illegal following Saturday’s XFINITY Series race when the machine failed to meet front body inspection heights.

As a result, the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team has been slapped with an L1-level penalty, stripping the organization of any playoff perks as a result of the victory, losing 10 owner points and leading to the fine ($10,000) and suspension for one race of crew chief Scott Graves.

Chase Elliott’s No. 23 truck failed to meet ground clearance inspection measurements after Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series event.

The Georgian’s GMS Racing team was docked 10 owner points as a result of the infraction, and crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz was fined $5,000 and suspended from the next Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway.

Stanciewicz was also fined an additional $2,500 for improperly installed lug buts, a separate safety penalty.

Ernie Cope will assume crew chief duties for Allmendinger. Matt Lucas will fill the same role for the No. 18 JGR XFINITY Series team.

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