NASCAR Fans Raise Their Voice Against the Violent Crew Chief Suspensions After Justin Haley News

Published 05/18/2022, 5:30 AM EDT

Another week, another horror pit stop by a team, and yes, another cruel sanction by NASCAR. This seems to be becoming the minor story of the season, as crew chiefs are being handed race suspensions so frequently.

This time around, it was Justin Haley’s crew chief, Trent Owens alongside two other crew members who faced the wrath for not being able to adapt to the speed of light.

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Journalist Bob Pockrass reported, “For the wheel coming off the Justin Haley car at Kansas, Kaulig crew chief Trent Owens and two crew members have been issued four-race suspensions (All-Star, Charlotte, Gateway, Sonoma). This is the second time this season Owens/this team has had this penalty.”

Naturally, this led to a big uproar amongst the fans, who criticized NASCAR for doing what they are doing and not taking any understandable factors into consideration whatsoever.

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Bubba Wallace had also criticized NASCAR for the frequent sanctions

No other top driver this season has suffered as much with results because of pit stop mishaps as Bubba Wallace has. On top of that, after every such mishap, his crew chief and crew members have also been penalized.

So naturally, he didn’t hold back against the sanctions and especially the duration of them.

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Apr 24, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) pits for service during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

“Last year with the five lug stuff, it was a time advantage. We were trying to cheat the system and when the wheel came off, you paid the price for it,” Wallace said. “Crew chief had influence on that, the crew chief has no influence on the single lug nut now.”

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“It’s either on or its off, and if its off, your day’s f***ing over with. No crew chief wants that for the drivers, and even the crew members,” he continued.

“The four-week suspension needs to be revamped.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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