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Larson’s Car Chief Suspended Heading into Kansas; Appeals Denied

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Following the 500 at Talladega Superspeedway this past weekend, Kyle Larson was handed down a penalty from NASCAR.

The No. 42 Chevrolet was found in violation of section 10.9.9.d of the NASCAR rulebook, after the team used metal to repair the car following the blown tire. The rule states that, “damaged vehicle repair, regardless of how the damage occurred, is permitted to have original body parts removed or reattached in their original location with fasteners and/or tape only.”

As a result, crew chief Chad Johnston was fined $25,000, with car chief David Bryant suspended from this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway. Additionally, they lost 10 driver points and 10 owner points.

Larson will enter the final race of the Round of 12 ranked 11th in the standings, now 36 points behind the cut-off line.

Chip Ganassi Racing appealed the penalty on Friday at Kansas Speedway to National Motorsports Appeals Panel and National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, but both of those appeals were denied. Larson will start the Hollywood Casino 400 from the back of the field after crashing during opening practice and going to a back-up car.

This marks the first penalty this year in reference to that section of the rulebook, but the second infraction of the season for Larson.

In May, the No. 42 Chevrolet of Kyle Larson was found in violation of Section 20.4.h, in relation to the rear window support and structure. His Chip Ganassi Racing entry’s rear window was not flush to Deck Lid. nor were the rear window support braces keeping the rear window glass rigid in all directions at all times. At the time, crew chief Johnston was fined $50,000, with car chief David Bryant suspended for a race.



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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.