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Ryan Blaney’s playoff drive gets tougher with crew suspensions

On Tuesday, NASCAR imposed penalties on Team Penske after Ryan Blaney’s #12 Ford Mustang lost a wheel during last weekend’s Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Officials handed Blaney’s crew chief Jonathan Hassler and pit crew members Zachary Price (rear tire changer) and Graham Stoddard (Jackman) bans for the next four races.

The suspension of the three crew members means things will be more difficult for Ryan Blaney, who is yet to claim his first official win of the season. Despite a loose wheel problem, Blaney managed to advance to the next round of the 2022 playoffs and currently sits 8th in the playoff standings.

The first race of the round of 12 will be held at Texas Motor Speedway, where he won the All-Star race earlier this season. This will definitely serve as a confidence boost for Blaney in the crew’s absence. But losing a crew chief and two crew members in the middle of the playoff races will be a huge blow for him.

Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass confirmed the news on Twitter with a post:

“Blaney crew chief Jonathan Hassler has sat out four races, as has crew members Graham Stoddard (Jackman) and Zachary Price (Heckchanger) due to wheel failure in Bristol. It’s the only penalty from the Bristol weekend.”

Blaney crew chief Jonathan Hassler sat out four races, as did crew members Graham Stoddard (Jackman) and Zachary Price (Heckchanger) because a wheel came off at Bristol. It’s the only penalty from the Bristol weekend.

The penalties fall under Section 10.5.2.6 of the NASCAR rulebook, which penalizes teams for the loss or separation of an improperly installed tire/wheel from the vehicle.


Ryan Blaney lost his left front wheel during stage one at Bristol Motor Speedway

The incident happened when Ryan Blaney drove to the pit lane to buy a new tire during stage one at Bristol Motor Speedway. As he exited his pits, the left front wheel came off his #12 Ford and rolled into Austin Dillon’s pits. The 28-year-old was able to fix the problem, however, but it stopped him from fighting for his first win of the season. He turned 30.

The #12 Team Penske will be without a crew chief and crew members for the next four races at Texas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The respective members of the team can return on October 23 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

However, Team Penske will not be appealing the penalty and has not yet determined who will fill Hassler’s role for the next four races of the Cup Series. This is the 13th time in the 2022 season that a team has been suspended due to next-gen car tire loss issues.

Ryan Blaney returns to Texas Motor Speedway next week for Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 on Sunday September 25, 2022.



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