NASCAR suspends crew chief for Justin Allgaier one race
Jason Burdett, crew chief for Xfinity championship contender Justin Allgaier, has been suspended one race for an L1 infraction discovered after last weekend’s race at Phoenix Raceway, NASCAR announced Monday.
NASCAR suspended Burdett, fined him $10,000 and docked 10 driver and owner points because a brake cooling hose was found unattached. Allgaier’s 10th-place finish is encumbered.
The point penalty does not knock Allgaier out of Saturday’s championship round at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Allgaier is competing against JR Motorsports teammates William Byron and Elliott Sadler along with Richard Childress Racing’s Daniel Hemric for the series title.
Kelley Earnhardt Miller, co-owner of JR Motorsports, said Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that the team will not appeal the penalty. The team will announce who will be in the role of crew chief later this week.
UPDATE: JR Motorsports announced Tuesday Billy Wilburn will serve as the crew chief on the No. 7. Wilburn has been the car chief on the No. 7 for the last four seasons.
Wilburn is a 33-year motorsports veteran. He has been in the crew chief role previously at Penske Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Robert Yates Racing.
His only win as a crew chief came in 2006 when David Gilliland won his only Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway.