With the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup beginning on Sunday, NASCAR tweaked the rules regarding lug nut installation and the consequences for teams who fail post-race laser inspection.
After Tony Stewart was fined for his statements regarding NASCAR’s lack of enforcement regarding lug nuts in April, the sanctioning body instituted a rule mandating that teams have all 20 lug nuts (five per tire) installed securely at the end of the race. If a team was found to have been missing a lug nut or two, the crew chief was suspended for the next race.
The penalty for a lug nut infraction is now more severe. But so is the barometer for the infraction. A team will have to be missing three lug nuts off the wheels of its car to now get a penalty. If a driver’s car has 17 or fewer lug nuts, he will lose 35 points and the services of his crew chief for three races. The crew chief will also be fined $65,000.
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