NASCAR: Bubba Wallace and Two Other Cup Series Driving Teams Penalized After Michigan

by Quentin Blount

NASCAR star Bubba Wallace and his 23XI Racing Team were among three Cup Series teams who were penalized after Sunday’s race.

After several infractions by teams during last weekend’s Firekeepers Casino 400 race, NASCAR is laying down the law. Bubba Wallace and his team at 23XI Racing will have to pay a $10,000 fine after they were found with an unsecured lug nut during the post-check race on Sunday. The fine will be targeted at Wallace and his crew chief, Mike Wheeler.

However, Bubba Wallace and 23XI Racing weren’t the only offenders at Michigan International Speedway. Similarly, Cody Ware, the driver of the No. 51 Chevy for Petty Ware Racing, and his crew chief Mike Hillman will face a similar $10,000 fine. That is for the same lug nut infraction as Wallace and his team.

In addition to those penalties, Chip Ganassi Racing team is in some trouble as well. The driver of the No. 42 car, Ross Chastain, lost an axle on his Chevy during the race. As a result, one of the team’s crew members, David Fero, is being suspended from the team’s next race. That suspension couldn’t come at a worse time, seeing as how Saturday’s race at Daytona International Speedway is the last of the regular season.

Drivers and their teams will roll into Daytona this weekend where anything can happen. The 2.5-mile oval will not only be the location of the regular-season finale, but it will also set the stage for the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. And as for the drivers like Bubba Wallace and the others who were hit with fines, they will be hoping for a cleaner performance.

Other NASCAR Fines and Penalties

The NASCAR Cup Series wasn’t the only one to be hit hard over the weekend. NASCAR officials had their eyes on the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series.

As far as the former goes, it was AJ Allmendinger, the driver of the No. 16 Chevy for Kaulig Racing, and his crew chief Jason Trinchere, who were hit with a fine. Like Bubba Wallace and Cody Ware’s teams, they also had a single unsecured lug nut discovered after the New Holland 250 at Michigan. They will have to cough up $5,000 thanks to that infraction.

The organization also handed down a suspension for Brian Thomas, a crew member in the Xfinity series. He will be out indefinitely due to a behavioral infraction.

Now, on to the latter. In the Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR took aim at the No. 19 Toyota driver Derek Kraus, and his crew chief Mark Hillman. They are with McAnally-Hilgemann Racing. Like a few of the others before him, Kraus’ team was also found to have a single unsecured lug nut after the Toyota 200 at Gateway on Friday. As for their teams’ fine, it came in at $2,500.