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Chris Buescher’s Team Penalized After Vegas Loose Wheel

NASCAR penalized RFK Racing’s No. 17, driven by Chris Buescher in the NASCAR Cup Series, following a loose wheel incident during last weekend’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Buescher crashed out of the race early in the running when his entry pounded the wall after the right front wheel detached from the car.

Consequently, the team’s jackman, Nicholas Patterson, and front tire changer Jakob Prall have been suspended for the next two Cup races at Phoenix Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Similarly, two NASCAR Xfinity Series teams and one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series organization were each penalized for having a loose lug nut at Vegas.

In Xfinity, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet crew chief Phillip Bell and No. 42 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet crew chief Andrew Abbott were both fined $5,000 for their violations. Brandon Jones pilots the No. 9, while Leland Honeyman drives the No. 42.

No. 98 ThorSport Racing Ford crew chief Joe Shear Jr. was also fined $2,500 by NASCAR due to Ty Majeski‘s truck having the violation.

About the author

Austin Bass joined Frontstretch in 2024 as a contributor to combine his passion for racing and writing. Born in Wilson, NC, he developed a passion for racing at an early age while attending local short tracks on Saturday nights with his dad and watching the stars of the sport from their living room on Sunday afternoons.

Bass is a graduate of UNC-Wilmington with a degree in Communication Studies where he developed a deep understanding, appreciation, and love for the Oxford comma. He is an industrial degreaser salesman for Cox Industries whenever he is not writing or talking about racing.

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Why are crew members and crew chiefs suspended from races,.. but drivers hardly ever are for their mistakes?


Drivers mean dollars for NASCAR. That’s what is the major factor in everything Nascar does, more dollars for their family.

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