Todd Gordon, No. 12 Team Penske crew chief, fined for lug-nut violation at Indy

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Todd Gordon, No. 12 Team Penske crew chief, fined for lug-nut violation at Indy
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NASCAR officials issued a penalty Wednesday to the No. 12 Team Penske Ford team for a lug-nut violation last weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

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Ryan Blaney drove the No. 12 entry to a second-place finish in Sunday’s Verizon 200 at The Brickyard, but officials found a single unsecured lug nut in a post-race check. That violation of Section 10.9.10.4 (Tires and Wheels) in the NASCAR Cup Series Rule Book has resulted in a $10,000 fine to Todd Gordon, crew chief of team owner Roger Penske’s No. 12.

In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, officials suspended RSS Racing crew chief Shane Wilson for four races for a safety violation at IMS. The penalty report states that the No. 39 RSS team was cited under Sections 12.5.2.5.a (Safety) and 10.9.8.l (Crew Members/Servicing) — the last of which states: “A safety violation may be imposed for any action or omission by a Competitor or vehicle that creates an unsafe environment or poses a threat to the safety of the Competitors, as determined by NASCAR.”

According to an updated entry list, Kevin Starland — listed as the team’s competition director on the most recent NASCAR event rosters — is scheduled to step in as crew chief for the No. 39 and driver Ryan Sieg for Saturday’s New Holland 250 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) at Michigan International Speedway. Starland began the season as the No. 39 team’s crew chief, but was replaced by Wilson, starting in May at Darlington Raceway.