WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Scuttle Elliott’s uncover for a 3-peat at Watkins Glen took a success hours before Sunday’s Cup flee when NASCAR penalized the No. 9 Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorsports for violating sequence ideas and ejected crew chief Alan Gustafson.
The No. 20 Toyota pushed by Christopher Bell for Joe Gibbs Racing moreover bought the identical L1 penalties relating to rear-window air deflectors and crew chief Adam Stevens used to be ejected.
Every groups misplaced 10 driver and proprietor factors, had been fined $25,000, and can delivery on the support of the sector.
“I don’t if truth be told mediate it adjustments too valuable,” Bell said. “I don’t if truth be told hear from Adam valuable on the radio throughout races. I mediate we’re in an amazing just appropriate place of dwelling. I don’t mediate it’s going to procure an trace on me inside the automotive. I don’t know how valuable it’s going to procure an trace on the workforce.”
Joe Gibbs Racing moreover had adjustments to the pit crews of Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch thanks to COVID-19 protocols. Bryan Backus would possibly well be the front tire changer on Truex’s No. 19 Toyota moderately than Hunter Masling, and Joshua Pech would possibly well be the fueler for Busch’s No. 18 workforce moderately than Matthew Tyrrell. Every Masling and Tyrrell had stop contact with those that had examined definite.
“We hope it doesn’t impact things,” Truex said. “Tough cases the formulation all of it labored out. He didn’t even test definite. He just appropriate used to be round any person that did.”
Elliott, whose automotive failed inspection twice, has won the previous two races at The Glen and used to be to delivery 11th on the grid before the penalties.
“It’s completely no longer excellent,” Elliott said. “I affirm care for we are able to operate at a high stage. We’ve been ready for the flee. I hate that Alan is rarely any longer on the sector, but I affirm care for we are able to plan a if truth be told just appropriate job working with the leisure of our workforce and plan well.”
Elliott said lead engineer Tom Gray would change Gustafson. Bell said automotive chief Chris Sherwood would e book the No. 20.
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