Spire Motorsports becomes the latest victim of NASCAR penalty as the Next-Gen car wheel saga continuous

Find out about NASCAR suspending crew members of Spire Motorsports for wheel issues and veteran Kevin Harvick’s new record at Phoenix

Spire Motorsports car
Spire Motorsports No:7 car

NASCAR Next-Gen Car wheel saga continues as yet another team has attracted penalties for lose wheels. The association has announced a suspension for the Spire Motorsports crew following a lost wheel incident on the Sunday’s Cup series race in Phoenix. This suspension will force driver Corey LaJoie to operate runs of his No:7 Chevrolet without 3 crew members for the coming four championship races.  

The sanctioned crew members include Spire Motorsports team crew chief Ryan Sparks front changer Blaine Anderson and jack Allen Hollman. The incident which prompted occurred on the 45th lap of Sunday Ruoff Mortage 500 after Corey LaJoie crashed out of the race due to a loose wheel as he finished at the bottom of the table in final rankings.  

The violation fell under Sections 10.5.2.6 of the NASCAR Rule Book which penalizes teams for Loss or separation of an improperly installed tire/wheel from the vehicle. The organization has also issued fines for 2 Xfinity series teams for failing in the post-race inspection.

NASCAR veteran Kevin Harvick secures yet another record to his name cementing his place alongside the likes of Dale Earnhardt Sr

Kevin Harvick
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 17: during a NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 17, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The 2014 Cup Series champion and two times Xfinity series champion Kevin Harvick has once again cemented his name in the history books alongside the legendary NASCAR figures such as Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr with his latest achievement in Phoenix.

The Stewart-Haas driver now has the highest number of consecutive top-10 finishes at the Phoenix Raceway, Arizona, a record he secured with his last Sunday heroics which saw him finish P6. The 46 years old also have the record for the highest number of wins yet another Arizonian track the  Avondale, with a tally of nine visits to Victory Lane.

Though the young 2022 season hasn’t been a spectacular run for Kevin Harvick he remains one of the most consistent drivers on the grid with his consecutive top 10 finishes and will be hoping to increase his tally of top finishes on this Sundays Honor QuikTrip 500 in Atlanta.

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