Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch seems to be in a pretty good spot to compete for the championship again this year, but he will have to try and gain some ground on the rest of the pack. He will do so without crew chief Adam Stevens after he was suspended for the next week.
Stevens’s suspension came after Busch’s crew violated NASCAR’s new policy that states all five lug nuts must be on all four tires at all times and after Busch won the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway Saturday night. The chief was also fined $20,000 for the violation.
The suspension, barring an appeal, runs through May 18 and would cause Adam Stevens to miss this weekend’s race at Dover. Stevens was also placed on probation through December 31.
NASCAR also suspended Josh Leslie, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team’s front-tire changer, for this weekend’s race. The association handed out a large number of written warnings to several other teams.
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