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Ben Beshore Suspended, 10 Teams Fined in Phoenix Penalty Report

Ben Beshore, crew chief of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch, has been suspended from the 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after two lug nuts were found unsecured after the NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway.

In addition to the suspension, Beshore has been fined $20,000 for the infraction.

Five other Cup Series crew chiefs were suspended for lug nut infractions as well including three of the four playoff Championship 4 teams.

James Small, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr, Chris Gabehart, crew chief for Denny Hamlin, and Cliff Daniels of the championship-winning team driven by Kyle Larson were all fined $10,000 for one improperly installed lug nut.

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Jeremy Bullins and Jonathan Hassler of the Brad Keselowski and Matt DiBenedetto-piloted vehicles were also fined $10,000.

In the Xfinity Series, John Hunter Nemechek and Justin Haley‘s crew chiefs — Chris Gayle and Alex Yontz — were both fined $5,000 for having one improperly installed lug nut as well.

Finally, the Camping World Truck Series saw crew chiefs Scott Zipadelli and Charles Denike who sit on the pit boxes of Austin Hill and Tyler Ankrum, respectively, fined $2,500 for one lug nut infraction each.

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Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021. Currently, he is the lead writer for the weekly Thinkin' Out Loudcolumn and one of our lead reporters. Beforehand, he wrote for IMSA shortly after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

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When is NA$CAR going to come up with real deterrents to stop all the penalties for wheel nuts and failing inspection continually?

Bill B

Never. They instead are getting rid of all but one lug nut. Now if it is loose or improperly installed we will know almost immediately. Lug nut penalties will be like the dinosaurs.


What about Busch series and trucks?

Bill B

If a lug nut falls from a wheel and nobody’s watching, does it matter?


Depends on the nut that is holding the (steering) wheel!

David Edwards

A single lug nut and composite bodies have the potential to alter cup series in ways that nothing else will.

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