Justin Haley who drives the No.31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Kaulig Racing competing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series is yet another racer who faced the problem of the wheel coming off his car which resulted in him not completing the race during the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Justin Haley has had a decent season so far with five top 10s and few top 20s and just one P3 at the Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway being his best finish so far, the young driver has a good reputation in his 2022 season so far with just one DNF to his name and that came along with his wheel coming off of his car at Kansas, he stands 23rd in the points table this season with 245 points.
Justin Haley loses his wheel in Stage 1 keeping him out of the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway
Justin Haley marks the 9th such incident of wheels coming off of the Next-Gen car this season as he loses his wheel and fire emerged out of his left rear wheel which came off on the pit road at lap 37 with half of the stage yet to be raced and this incident left him out of the competition.
As a result of this fiasco on the pit road, Haley’s Crew Chief, Trent Owens, and crew members, Jonpatrick Kealey and Marshall McFadden face suspension for the coming four Cup races including the NASCAR All-Star Race next week.
Justin Haley is the only driver to have faced this situation twice this season with his first being at this season’s opening race at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR’s Next-Gen car has a single central lug nut as opposed to five lug nuts the previous season.
With Justin Haley facing the 9th such incident so far and his 2nd one, will NASCAR look into the reasons for the problem occurring repeatedly almost every weekend?