Apr 24, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver BJ Mcleod (78) crashes behind the field during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR announced Wednesday that it was penalizing the Live Fast Motorsports team after the No. 78 car lost a wheel during Sunday’s Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

BJ McLeod spun in Turn 2 during the GEICO 500, prompting a caution period on the 87th lap. The car’s right-rear wheel then detached and rolled to a stop. McLeod was able to continue and post a 26th-place finish at the race, but the incident required a review and likely suspension.

Specifically, it’s a violation of Section in the NASCAR Rule Book, which states: “Loss or separation of an improperly installed tire(s)/wheel(s) from the vehicle will result in a four Race suspension of the crew chief and two additional team members.”

As a result, four-race suspensions were handed down to Live Fast crew chief Lee Leslie as well as two crew members, jackman Alpha Lamin and rear-tire changer Kevin Teaf.

Christopher Stanley, an engineer on the team roster, has been designated as crew chief for this Sunday’s race at Dover Motor Speedway.

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