NASCAR suspends crew chief for Stenhouse Jr.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been suspended for Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway for a technical violation found last weekend.

Nick Sandler was also fined $20,000 on Wednesday for the violation NASCAR discovered in pre-qualifying inspection at Richmond International Raceway.

NASCAR this year has stopped commenting on penalties besides citing the broken rule. Sandler's violation, according to the matching citation number in the rulebook, says the steering wheel coupling ''must meet the SFI 42.1 specification and display a valid SFI 42.1 label on the outside surface.''

Sandler was also placed on probation for the rest of the season.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.