NASCAR announced on Tuesday, March 15 that the crew chief Ryan Sparks, jackman Allen Hollman and front tire changer Blaine Anderson of the No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet team driven by Corey LaJoie has been suspended for four NASCAR Cup Series events.
The suspension comes from a loose wheel penalty given to them during the Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway last Sunday. On lap 47, the No. 7 Chevrolet lost a wheel on the Phoenix frontstretch and forced the race’s first unscheduled caution of the day. The lost wheel violated the NASCAR Rule Book: Loss or separation of an improperly installed tire/wheel from the vehicle.
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It is the fourth Cup Series team to be penalized for a loose wheel in 2022 after only four races. Kaz Grala, Justin Haley and Todd Gilliland’s crews were also penalized after Daytona International Speedway and Auto Club Speedway.No points reduction has been applied to the team. Spire Motorsports has not yet announced a replacement crew chief for LaJoie for the next four races.
In the Xfinity Series, the crew chiefs of Joe Gibbs Racing Nos. 18 and 19 teams have been fined $5,000 each following a lug nut penalty.
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