5 crew chiefs who’ve been suspended for loose lug nuts this season
By Chase Wilhelm
After NASCAR mandated that all five lug nuts must be tightened or face the consequences, there have been a total of five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chiefs who’ve been suspended for lug nut violations so far this season. In the wake of Rodney Childers' suspension, check out all five crew chiefs who’ve been penalized after their drivers left pit road before every lug nut was securely in place.
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Adam Stevens -- Kansas
Stevens, crew chief for Kyle Busch and the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team, was hit with a one-race suspension following their victory at Kansas.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesSean Gardner
Tony Gibson -- Charlotte
After NASCAR found loose lug nuts on the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet of Kurt Busch following the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, Gibson was suspended for the following race at Pocono Raceway.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesJared C. Tilton
Randall Burnett -- Charlotte
Burnett, crew chief for AJ Allmendinger, was another crew chief nailed for a lug nut violation following the Coca-Cola 600. He, too, missed the following race at Pocono.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesTodd Warshaw
Chad Johnston -- Pocono
Johnston’s No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team was busted for loose lugs following the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono Raceway. As a result, Kyle Larson had to race without him at Michigan International Speedway.
Getty ImagesMatt Hazlett
Rodney Childers -- Indianapolis
Childers is the latest crew chief suspended by NASCAR for a lug nut violation in the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard. The crew chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team will not be atop for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono on July 31.