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Joe Gibbs Racing won’t appeal suspensions of Kyle Busch’s crew chief, front tire changer

The crew chief of Kyle Busch, Adam Stevens, was issued a P3-level penalty for violating NASCAR's lug nut policy. As a result, Stevens was fined $20,000 and suspended for one race, along with the front tire changer.

Joe Gibbs Racing won’t appeal the suspensions of crew chief Adam Stevens and front tire changer Josh Leslie after NASCAR penalized them for improperly installed lug nuts.

The infraction was found after Busch’s victory Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, and NASCAR meted out punishment Wednesday that will keep Stevens and Leslie sidelined this weekend at Dover International Speedway.

In a statement released early Wednesday evening, Joe Gibbs Racing said:

Joe Gibbs Racing announces today it will not appeal the penalty issued by NASCAR earlier this afternoon to its No. 18 team.

The 18 team utilized unaltered stock lug nuts during Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway and each wheel had all five lug nuts attached to the wheel at the conclusion of the race. The team does acknowledge that not all lug nuts were tightened to the wheel.