Ryan Blaney will contend the Spherical of 12 within the NASCAR Cup Sequence playoffs, and the beginning of the Spherical of 8, with out his crew chief.
NASCAR suspended Jonathan Hassler for 4 races Tuesday for the left-rear wheel that got here off Blaney’s Ford Mustang at Bristol Motor Speedway. The wheel got here off after Blaney pitted beneath the lap 92 warning due to a flat proper entrance tire.
Blaney left his pit stall as crew members started waving their arms to sign there was an issue. However he was two pit stalls away earlier than he slowed down and the wheel indifferent. The wheel rolled additional down pit street and into Austin Dillon’s pit field, knocking what gave the impression to be the No. 3 staff’s jack off the wall.
Along with Hassler being suspended, jackman Graham Stoddard and rear tire changer Zachary Value have additionally been despatched to the bench. All three will miss the upcoming races at Texas Motor Speedway (Sept. 25), Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 2), the Charlotte Roval (Oct. 9), and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Oct. 16).
Blaney superior into the second spherical of the playoffs, however it was a drama-filled night time for him and his staff at Bristol. It was lower than 100 laps into the night time when the appropriate entrance tire went down, adopted by the misplaced wheel.
From there, the staff needed to frequently attempt to restore the ill-handling and broken automotive. The night time included a visit behind the wall (earlier than the lap 200 mark) for repairs and working final at one level. Blaney completed 162 laps down within the thirtieth place.
The No. 12 staff continues to be winless on the season and begins the Spherical of 12 seeded eighth.