Nascar: Crew Chief Ben Beshore Suspended For Remainder Of 2022 Season
Tuesday marked the end of the 2022 season for No. 18 pit crew chief Ben Beshore. NASCAR announced on Tuesday that it has imposed a four-race suspension on Beshore after Kyle Busch’s car lost one of its wheels as it was attempting to make a pit stop at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The suspension of the crew chief will reportedly last through the upcoming 2023 Busch Clash.
This means that the no.18 pit crew will be impacted not just for the rest of this season, but the beginning of next season as well as it will be without its crew chief early on. The Busch Clash will reportedly take place at the L.A. Coliseum. The earliest Beshore will be eligible to return is for next season’s Daytona 500. Ty Gibbs is rumored to be the new driver that will pair up with Beshore. Beshore was not the only one disciplined, as fellow crew members Derrell Edwards & Michael Hicks were also handed suspensions.
The incident reportedly happened on Lap 230 after Busch made a pit stop. The wheel was reportedly not properly installed. As a result, the tire had begun clinging and rubbing itself against the car’s front fender. Finally, the wheel detached after it had clung itself to the driver’s car for about half a lap. The wheel ultimately came to a stop alongside the inside wall. The incident did not severely impact Busch’s performance on the track, as the driver ended up finishing top 3 after having a new tire put on.
Beshore is a Virginia Tech graduate that used his mechanical engineering degree to pursue a NASCAR career. Beshore worked for several small-budget teams alongside his cousin, RJ, before landing a role with Brewco Motorsports. While working at Brewco, the Beshore cousins teamed up on the pit crew, with Ben on a rear tire and with RJ up front. RJ Beshore became the lead setup mechanic for Joe Gibbs Racing on Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 car.
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