NASCAR suspended Greg Biffle crew chief Brian Pattie for two races for illegal body measurements, and one-race suspensions were given to Kurt Busch crew chief Tony Gibson and AJ Allmendinger crew chief Randall Burnett after their cars failed to lug nuts on each wheel following Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.
Biffle was docked 15 points and Pattie was fined $50,000 for the major body violations, which was discovered by NASCAR during inspections at its research and development center on Tuesday. NASCAR also took away Biffle's 11th-place Roush Fenway Racing car following the race Sunday for a more thorough inspection. NASCAR takes the car at random, following every race for extensive body and chassis inspection.
Busch and Allmendinger were not penalized points for the lug-nut infractions. Their crew chiefs were fined $20,000. NASCAR placed all the crew chiefs on probation for the rest of the year, as was Tony Stewart crew chief Mike Bugarewicz, who was cited for an illegal body modification to the car of Stewart after it went through prerace inspection. Stewart was made to start at the rear of the field Sunday for the violation.
NASCAR said that all the penalties can be appealed, adding that teams could ask for the suspensions to be deferred pending appeal. NASCAR races this weekend at Pocono Raceway and next week at Michigan International Speedway.
Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Wednesday that it will not appeal. Kurt Busch team engineer John Klausmeier will serve as his crew chief at Pocono.