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NASCAR Team Penalized For Talladega Cup Series Race

Bubba Wallace on the track on Sunday.

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - APRIL 24: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald's Toyota, spins into the wall after an on-track incident as Ross Chastain, driver of the #1 Moose Fraternity Chevrolet, Erik Jones, driver of the #43 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, and Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, lead the field to the end of the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 24, 2022 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

NASCAR has made a decision on the No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports team. A significant punishment is in play.

NASCAR has decided to issue a four-race suspension to Live Fast crew chief Lee Leslie. Two crew members - Alpha Lamin and Kevin Teaf - will also serve the suspension.

The decision stems from an incident at Talladega. A wheel detached from No. 78 Ford during Sunday's Cup Series. By rule, that's a violation which warrants suspension.

"NASCAR officials penalized the Live Fast Motorsports team Wednesday after a wheel detached from the No. 78 Ford during Sunday’s Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway," NASCAR announced.

"Driver and team co-owner BJ McLeod spun in Turn 2 during Sunday’s GEICO 500, prompting a caution period on the 87th of 188 laps. As the car looped down the banking, the right-rear wheel detached and rolled to a stop on the apron as he drove away. McLeod, who led two laps Sunday, continued to post a 26th-place finish."

Driver BJ McLeod spun during Turn 2 last Sunday. The caution flag was waived, as a result. Shortly thereafter, the No. 78 right-rear wheel detached.

The wheel detachment is in violation of Section 10.5.2.6 in the sport's rule book.