Joe Gibbs Racing, who provides pit crew members to the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team, has suspended two of Martin Truex Jr.’s tire changers for three races after an incident in Indy.
The incident on pit road actually started on the track, when Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. got into each other on a late-race restart. While both drivers were able to keep their emotions in check, their teams were definitely hot under the collar, so much so that Kyle’s crew chief, Adam Stevens, confronted Martin’s team right there on pit road.
Joe Gibbs Racing made the decision to suspend the crew members without input from NASCAR and Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser supports their decision according to NBC sports , saying:
“Our No. 78 pit crew is hired, trained and managed by Joe Gibbs Racing. They are one of the best pit crews on the circuit and have kept us up front all season. We admire the talent and dedication of our pit crew and support all of the decisions and actions taken by Joe Gibbs Racing.”Advertisement
While it does seem like Kyle Busch’s crew chief, Adam Stevens, has just as much, if not more, blame for the escalation of the interaction, JGR made a decision on its own employees and it is yet to be seen if Stevens will face any punishment from his team or NASCAR.
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