NASCAR has suspended Ryan Blaney’s crew chief Jonathan Hassler for the upcoming Cup races. The No:12 Penske chief will not be available for service in the pits for Texas, Talledega, Charlotte, and Las Vegas. He will miss the Round of 12 and start of Round of 8 in the postseason.
Ryan Blaney’s crew chief will be joined by two of the crew members jackman Graham Stoddard and rear tire changer Zachary Price. The penalty came after Blaney lost his rear wheel while leaving the pitstop. The tire rolled into Austin Dillon’s pit. Ryan Blaney missing his crew’s signal regarding the problem was also a factor in the mishap.
The absence of the crew chief will be a hard blow for Ryan Blaney who is yet to score a win this season. Blaney’s sole win this season came at the All-Star exhibition race and the Texas Motor speedway. The first race of the Round of 12 being held in Texas was a big advantage for Blaney. The absence of his crew chief will be a huge blow for the team.
How NASCAR Twitter reacted to Ryan Blaney’s crew getting suspended
NASCAR Twitter had mixed reactions to the suspension as Jonathan Hassler isn’t one of the admired crew chiefs. While some fans jokingly suggested that Ryan Blaney now has a chance to win the race, others were quick to question why Christopher Bell didn’t get similar penalties. There were also comments regarding the severity of the suspension considering it’s the first year NASCAR is using the single nut wheels.
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