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NASCAR suspends, fines car Cup owner Chip Ganassi one race

Rick Allen, Kyle Petty and Steve Letarte break down Christopher Bell's surprise road course win at Daytona, the controversial rain caution flag and what the result means for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Car owner Chip Ganassi has been suspended one Cup race and fined $30,000 for violating NASCAR’s COVID-19 guidelines, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday.

NASCAR cited Ganassi for bringing a guest into the restricted competition area last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR began allowing car owners in the garage and pits with the Daytona 500. NASCAR’s COVID-19 protocols permitted car owners only to be in suites last season.

While Ganassi will not be permitted to be in the garage at this weekend’s Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the penalty does not impact his teams of Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain. They will be able to compete.

Chip Ganassi Racing declined comment on the penalty.

NASCAR also announced Monday:

Crew chief Adam Stevens has been fined $10,000 because one lug nut was not secure on Christopher Bell’s winning car.

Crew chief Jeremy Bullins has been fined $10,000 because one lug nut was not secure on Brad Keselowski’s fifth-place car.