The 2023 NASCAR season could see a major change in the way penalties for a wheel falling off a vehicle is levied.
NASCAR has adopted a welcoming stance towards changing things after the season. Some of the changes in recent years include changes in the playoffs format, bringing new tracks and courses, and the introduction of the Next Gen car.
With the safety issues constantly brought into the limelight in the 2022 season, NASCAR will certainly make some changes in that department too.
Another change that NASCAR is considering for the 2023 season is the penalty issued to the team’s crew chief and responsible pit crew members when a wheel falls off the car of the driver. Currently, NASCAR hands out a four-race suspension to them.
However, the 2023 season could see a different model of penalties or a shorter version of the current one, according to Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass. In response to a user asking about the potential change to the 4-race penalty, Pockrass replied:
“it has been discussed to make it more an in-race penalty (like being held for a certain number of laps or parking the car) and/or a shorter suspension but whether that comes to fruition is TBD.”
it has been discussed to make it more an in-race penalty (like being held for a certain number of laps or parking the car) and/or a shorter suspension but whether that comes to fruition is TBD.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) November 28, 2022
While the current penalty seems harsh on the crew chief, considering the prospect of the damage that a wheel coming off a car can do on the race track seems to make the penalty appropriate.