DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two NASCAR XFINITY Series crew chiefs have been suspended as a result of infractions from last weekend’s Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.
Dave Elenz, crew chief for the No. 9 Chevrolet of three-time season winner William Byron, has been suspended one race as part of an L1-level penalty after Byron’s car failed post-race rear body inspection heights on Saturday.
Byron’s 10th-place finish was encumbered, Elenz was fined $10,000 and the team lost 10 driver and owner points as a result of the infraction.
JR Motorsports will not appeal the penalty, with Brandon McSwain moving into the crew chief role for the weekend in place of Elenz.
“After communicating with NASCAR on the penalty incurred by the No. 9 team following last weekend’s race at Watkins Glen, we recognize and accept it,” said JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “The team will move on to Mid-Ohio this weekend with engineer Brandon McSwain serving as interim crew chief for William Byron and the No. 9 Axalta team. Director of Competition Ryan Pemberton will help call the race from pit road on Saturday.”
In addition, crew chief Steven Lane and car chief Rick Markle were both suspended three races after the No. 28 Toyota of Dakoda Armstrong failed overall vehicle weight during post-race inspection at Watkins Glen.
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