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NASCAR will continue to officiate lug nut issue but how it does could change

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TOYOTA OWNERS 400

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 24: A detailed view of lug nuts glued to a tire during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

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NASCAR says changes could be coming in how it officiates its lug nut rule, Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, said Friday at Michigan International Speedway.

Kyle Larson will be without crew chief Chad Johnston, who is serving a one-race suspension for a lug nut violation at Pocono. Johnston is the fourth crew chief to be suspended a race since the rule was updated before the May 1 Talladega race.

Miller was asked Friday if he is comfortable with how the lug nut rule is being officiated.

“As far as the penalties go, yes, that’s what we plan on continuing to get it in check, and as we’ve said all along, we continue to work on different technology items to be able to instantaneously see things happening on pit road to a higher degree than we can today, and we’re getting close on some of those things,’' Miller said. “Can’t really talk much about what all those are, but I think you can expect to see some different strategies there on our side coming hopefully sooner rather than later.’'

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