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After clinching a spot in the final four with a pit crew assembled just hours earlier, JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier will now have to try to win an Xfinity championship without his crew chief.

His crew chief, Jason Burdett, was suspended by NASCAR after post race inspection showed a brake cooling hose was not attached, according to NBCSports.

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That is an L1 penalty, so in addition to Burdett’s suspension and a $10,000 fine, Allgaier’s 10th place finish is encumbered and the team will lose 10 points in the drivers and owners standings.

While being without his crew chief for the most important race of the year is a tough break for Allgaier, he’s lucky to be racing for a title at all. Luckily for him, the encumbered finish and points penalty did not knock him out of the final four.

A final four driver will have to race for a title without his crew chief at Homestead Sean Gardner / Stringer
Anthony Brown About the author:
Anthony Brown's crowning achievements are rebuilding a $500 Honda VFR and getting rid of his wife's beige Camry. He has owned nine cars in the last ten years, none of them automatic.
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