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Aric Almirola, Harrison Rhodes Crew Chiefs Hit With Daytona Penalties

For all the issues that can come with the first race of a new year being at Daytona International Speedway, teams across NASCAR’s top three series seemed to have an easy go of things with the inspection stations. Lug nuts on the other hand, cost two teams some extra cash heading into Atlanta this weekend.

The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford was penalized after officials found at least one lug nut had not been properly installed on the final pit stop. This safety violation cost Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer $10,000. Unlike the 2016 season, Blickensderfer is not subject to any suspension.

Also failing to tighten all lug nuts on its final pit stop, was the NASCAR XFINITY Series team of JD Motorsports. The No. 01 driven by Harrison Rhodes was found to have at least one lug nut left loose or missing during post-race inspection. Crew Chief Patrick Magee has been fined $5,000.

On-track activity for the Atlanta race weekend begins Friday, March 3 with all three top NASCAR series once again in attendance. Tickets are available at: www.AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com

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