DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — One of the heavy-hitting teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be without three key crew members for several races as a result of an unsecured wheel last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCAR announced Wednesday morning that the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota team has been hit with a safety violation from Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200, after the left rear wheel came detached from Kyle Busch’s truck following the final pit stop in the race.
Busch was leading at the time, but finished one lap down in 21st after the issue.
As a result of the incident, crew chief Marcus Richmond, rear tire changer Coleman Dollarhide and jackman Ernie Pierce have all been suspended from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition for the next three races, starting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend and going through Dover Int’l Speedway on May 4.
Dollarhide and Pierce both serve on Stewart-Haas Racing pit crews in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but NASCAR has confirmed that their eligibility at the Cup level will be unaffected by the penalty from Atlanta.
Dollarhide was listed as the rear tire changer for the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing team of Kurt Busch last week, while Pierce served as the jackman for the No. 14 of Clint Bowyer.
In addition, three national series teams received safety violations for unsecured lug nuts after the Atlanta weekend, including the race-winning team of Kevin Harvick in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Harvick’s No. 4 Ford had one lug nut that was not safe and secure following Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, discovered during post-race inspection. Crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $10,000 as per the NASCAR Rule Book.
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, both the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet of John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 52 Means Motorsports Chevrolet of David Starr also had one unsecured lug nut during post-race inspection.
Crew chiefs Mike Shiplett (No. 42) and Tim Brown (No. 52) were each fined $5,000 for those penalties.
All three NASCAR national series return to action this coming weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2-4.
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