WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Chase Elliott‘s bid for a three-peat at Watkins Glen took successful hours earlier than Sunday’s Cup race when NASCAR penalized the No. 9 Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorsports for violating sequence guidelines and ejected crew chief Alan Gustafson.
The No. 20 Toyota pushed by Christopher Bell for Joe Gibbs Racing additionally acquired the identical L1 penalties concerning rear-window air deflectors, and crew chief Adam Stevens was ejected.
Each groups misplaced 10 driver and proprietor factors, have been fined $25,000 and can begin in the back of the sector.
“I do not actually suppose it adjustments an excessive amount of,” Bell mentioned. “I do not actually hear from Adam a lot on the radio throughout races. I feel we’re in a reasonably great place. I do not suppose it will have an effect on me contained in the automobile. I do not understand how a lot it will have an effect on the crew.”
Joe Gibbs Racing additionally had adjustments to the pit crews of Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch due to COVID-19 protocols. Bryan Backus would be the entrance tire changer on Truex’s No. 19 crew Sunday. He replaces Hunter Masling, who the crew mentioned was out due to shut contact. Joshua Pech would be the fueler for Busch’s No. 18 crew. He replaces Matthew Tyrrell, who additionally had shut contact.
“We hope it does not impression issues,” Truex mentioned. “Powerful circumstances the best way all of it labored out. He did not even check optimistic. He simply was round any individual who did.”
Elliott, whose automobile failed inspection twice, has gained the previous two races at The Glen and was to start out eleventh on the grid earlier than the penalties.
“It is actually not very best,” Elliott mentioned. “I really feel like we are able to function at a excessive degree. We have been ready for the race. I hate that Alan isn’t on the field, however I really feel like we are able to do a very good job working with the remainder of our crew and do nicely.”
Elliott mentioned lead engineer Tom Grey would substitute Gustafson. Bell mentioned automobile chief Chris Sherwood would information the No. 20.