Front Row Motorsports saw three crew members suspended for four races
Last week, the NASCAR Cup Series raced in Fontana, California. The 2-mile of Auto Club Speedway became the first intermediate track to host the Next Gen car.
After the race, NASCAR issued three suspensions. The Front Row Motorsports No. 38 car driven by Todd Gilliland lost a wheel after the stage 1 break. The loss of a wheel is in violation of 10.5.2.6 on the NASCAR rulebook.
Related: NASCAR Penalty Report – February 2022 (Auto Club Speedway)
10.5.2.6: Loss or separation of an improperly installed tire/wheel from the vehicle with the note: Loss of tire/wheel during the event.
The penalties were announced by NASCAR on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Front Row Motorsports announced that they have appealed the penalty.
Related: Auto Club Race Results – February 27, 2022 (NASCAR Cup Series)
Per the rules, three crew members were suspended for the next four races:
Front Tire Changer
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Front Row Motorsports: Appeal
Any penalty issues can be appealed to the National Motorsports Appeal Board.
The team stated on Wednesday, “Front Row Motorsports has begun the appeal process after penalties levied against its No. 38 NASCAR Cup Series team this past weekend at Auto Club Speedway.”
If the penalty is upheld by the appeals panel then the team could send a final appeal to the final appeals officer.
The week prior to Auto Club Speedway, two Cup teams suffered from the same penalty. The Daytona 500 penalty report saw six crew members suspended (3 from each team) for the loss of a wheel.
Weeks ago, Mike Harmon Racing successfully overturned a $50,000 fine when submitting an appeal to the final appeals officer. The team was accused of breaking testing rules.
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Related: NASCAR Penalty Report – February 2022 (Daytona 500)