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Atlanta Penalties Announced; 3 Crew Chiefs Suspended

NASCAR dropped the hammer on three teams following violations found at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend.

AJ Allmendinger’s 26th-place result was ruled an encumbered finish after loose lugnuts were found in post-race inspection. As a result, the No. 47 team has been docked 35 driver and owner points for the violation, and crew chief Randall Burnett faces a $65,000 fine and a three-race suspension.

Meanwhile, Kyle Busch’s XFINITY Series race-winning car was found outside NASCAR’s height allowances in post-race inspection, resulting in an encumbered finish. The team loses its playoff points for the victory, and crew chief Scott Graves has been finished $10,000 and suspended for the next XFINITY race. The violation also resulted in a loss of 10 owner points.

In the Camping World Truck Series, Chase Elliott’s fifth-place finish at Atlanta was ruled encumbered for failing to meet height requirements. The team was docked 10 owner points, and crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz will serve a one-race suspension, coupled with a $5,000 fine. Additionally, loose lugnuts in post-race inspection will cost Stankiewicz $2,500.

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So it’s ok for a Dillon to dope tires and then have a set of tires taken away race day. Only to say “Okay guys , looks like you cut a tire down so here is your set we took away. You can have them back now”. I guess Kevin Harvick might have been right. It pays to be born with a Golden Spoon in your mouth !

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