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.
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.