Hamlin crew members suspended after ballast incident

Hamlin crew members suspended after ballast incident

Hamlin crew members suspended after ballast incident

The tungsten is required to meet minimum weight requirements on the vehicle and the NASCAR rule book states that if it is separated at any point it is an automatic four-race suspension for the crew chief, auto chief and engineer.

For the "loss or separation of added ballast", Hamlin's crew chief Chris Gabehart, vehicle chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons have all been suspended for the next four NASCAR Cup Series points events. Sam McAulay will fill the role of crew chief during the suspension with Eric Phillips taking over as auto chief and Scott Eldrige as engineer.

NASCAR's next four races are at Charlotte, Bristol, Atlanta and Martinsville between Wednesday night and June 10, when the suspension ends.

The piece of ballast added to the vehicle weighs 35 pounds and costs $1,877 from the supplier.

To quickly recap, NASCAR's redesigned COVID-19 schedule had the sport in two sets of back-to-back races at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Deciding not to pit, Keselowski stayed on the track to move to the front of the pack and bolted clear on the restart, holding off a challenge from seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who was later disqualified after the post-race technical inspection.

The Coca-Cola 600, despite having terribly disappointing finishes for the Hendrick Motorsports cars, was actually a good night overall for the team.

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