• Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

NASCAR fines Xfinity driver Joey Gase $5,000 for dangerous safety infraction during Saturday’s race

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Joey Gase fined $5,000 by NASCAR for Richmond violation

NASCAR fined Xfinity Series driver Joey Gase $5,000 for a safety infraction during Saturday’s race at Richmond Raceway. Gase walked down the track and threw his bumper cover at Dawson Cram’s car after a crash caused by Cram. This action violated Section 8.8.8K of the Xfinity Rule Book, which states that any action or omission that poses a threat to the safety of the competitors may result in a safety violation.

The penalty to Gase serves as a reminder of the importance of safety on the track as NASCAR Cup Series teams prepare for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Martinsville Speedway. Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney are optimistic heading into the race, looking to build on their recent successes. However, Logano and Blaney know that they must prioritize safety on the track and avoid any actions or omissions that could put themselves or their competitors in danger.

NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Competition, Elton Sawyer, addressed the incident involving Gase on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. He expressed understanding for Gase’s frustration as a car owner responsible for repairs but emphasized the importance of safety. Walking down the track during a caution period poses serious risks to everyone involved and could lead to severe consequences if not done properly.

In addition to Gase’s fine, Xfinity crew chiefs were also penalized for safety violations. Crew chiefs of the No. 16, No. 19, and No. 26 cars were fined $5,000 each for not having all five lug nuts secure on each wheel. These penalties serve as reminders of NASCAR’s commitment to safety and ensuring a secure racing environment for all competitors.

Overall, NASCAR is taking its responsibility towards safety very seriously and will continue to enforce its rules strictly in order to keep its drivers safe while racing on track.

By Samantha Jones

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