Jimmy Watts, a crew member for the #47 JTG Daugherty team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been suspended from the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events for rule violations during last weekend's race at Atlanta.

Watts was found to guilty of violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 9-15-U (crew members must not go on the race track for any reason while the cars are racing or while the cars are running under the yellow flag or the red flag, unless otherwise directed to do so by a NASCAR official) after he went to retrieve a loose wheel that had rolled from pitroad onto the grass infield between the pit lane and the circuit.

The incident led to a full-course caution being thrown, and put a number of drivers off the lead lap, ultimately playing a large part in the outcome of the race.

Watts has also been placed on NASCAR probation until 31 December.

In addition, Frank Kerr, crew chief for the #47 team has also placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for violating Sections 12-1 and 9-4-A, which sees the crew chief assume responsibility for the actions of the team.



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