Six NASCAR Chevy teams across two divisions were penalized following this past weekend’s races at Kansas Speedway. Interestingly, most teams were penalized for lug nut infractions, while others were nabbed for infractions to the triangular body filler panels on their race trucks.
The No. 2 NASCAR Chevy Camaro, driven in the Xfinity Series by Sheldon Creed, received the most severe penalty. The race car was found to have two unsecured lug nuts during a postrace inspection. As this violates the sanctioning body’s guidelines, the No. 2 Chevy team will have to operate for one race without crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, meaning he will miss the coming race at Bristol on September 15th, 2023. Stankiewicz was also fined $10,000. Sam Bowers, an engineer at Richard Childress Racing, will sub for Stankiewicz at Bristol.
Creed drove that No. 2 Camaro to a third-place at Kansas last Saturday, and is currently in contention for the 2023 Xfinity Series title. Losing his crew chief, even for once race, could make his championship bid more difficult.
The No. 21 Camaro of Austin Hill was also nabbed for an unsecured lug nut, as was the No. 27 Camaro of Jeb Burton. Crew chiefs Andy Street and Shane Whitbeck were both fined $5,000, but were not suspended.
Meanwhile, three Truck Series teams were penalized as well, including the No. 02 NASCAR Chevy Silverado RST of Kaden Honeycutt, and the No. 9 Silverado of Colby Howard. After Friday’s Truck Series race at Kansas, they were each hit with L1-level penalties for infractions related to the triangular filler panels and docked 10 points.
Finally, the No. 12 Silverado of Spencer Boyd was found to have a single loose lug. Crew chief Tyler Young was fined $2,500.
As a reminder, both the Xfinity and Truck Series race cars utilize traditional five-lug hubs, as opposed to the single-lug hubs found on the Next Gen race cars that compete in the Cup Series.