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Chris Buescher's Wheel Detaches While at Full Speed in NASCAR Cup Race

chris buescher lost his tire at full speed at las vegas motor speedway
Chris Buescher's Wheel Detaches at Full Speed FOX Sports/NASCAR - Fox

With less than 30 laps completed in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Chris Buescher's right front wheel flew off his No. 17 Fastenal Ford. In the replay viewers can clearly see the single-wheel nut and hub fly off at full speed, sending the vehicle into the wall.

While the crash was enough to end Buescher's day the impact goes further, as a determent to keep teams from pushing the barrier on tire strategy, any wheel lost will result in the suspension of two crew members for two races or more.

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This penalty predates the Next Gen, single-lug era, and originally existed to stop crew members from leaving a few of the lug nuts loose for a potential competitive advantage.

Road & Track Contributing Editor, Bozi Tatarevic explained in a Twitter/X thread how the tire disconnected as easily and violently as it did. Tatarevic explained that since the single-lug was not fully tightened the tire was riding at an angle and the extra pressure led to an inevitable snap.