Bell’s team not penalized for Atlanta tire infraction

For a 2nd straight week, the NASCAR penalty report is being discussed. Last week if was a penalty to Noah Gragson for his actions in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on July 2 at Road America. This time, it’s a non penalty for Christopher Bell’s No. 20 Toyota team who lost a wheel on pit road during Sunday’s Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The left-rear tire on Bell’s car came off right after he left his pit stall with 22 laps remaining in the Quaker State 400.

Normally, a wheel loss during a race has resulted in a 4 race suspension for the crew chief, tire changer and jack operator which is under the NASCAR Rule Book Section 10.5.2.6 (Loss or separation of an improperly installed tire/wheel from the vehicle).

However, Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, said on Tuesday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that each is a different circumstance.

“That’s always a hard call for us, right?” Miller told SiriusXM. “We’re still we’re continuing to look at that incident, and really the potential consequence for the wheel rolling down pit road. Now if that thing would have been going twice as fast as it was, we would have had a whole field on pit road, we may view that different than we did with hardly any cars on pit road, no speed to the tire, and it not getting away very far. So we always have a very difficult job sorting through what crosses the line and what doesn’t, and we’re still working through that on that particular case.”

No other infractions were listed on the penalty report, which included the reinstatement of one crew member in the Xfinity Series. The NASCAR membership of Kase Kallenbach was restored, with officials stating that “Kallenbach has successfully completed the terms and conditions mandated for reinstatement.” Kallenbach was listed as the crew chief for the No. 6 JD Motorsports Chevrolet for the first 12 Xfinity Series races of the year.

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