Kyle Larson loses 10 points, car chief suspended for Talladega penalty
Kyle Larson’s Cup team has been penalized 10 driver and owner points and loses car chief David Bryant to a one-race suspension for a L1 penalty at Talladega Superspeedway.
Crew chief Chad Johnston was also fined $25,000.
The No. 42 team violated Section 10.9.9.d in the rulebook, which notes “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.”
Larson spun with seven laps left in Stage 2 due to a flat tire.
Larson, who finished 11th in Sunday’s race and called it “embarrassing at times”, is now 36 points behind the cutoff spot on the playoff grid, making this weekend’s elimination race at Kansas Speedway a must win for Larson.
This is Bryant’s second suspension this season. He missed two races in May for a rear-window violation at Kansas.
NBC Sports has asked Chip Ganassi Racing if it will appeal;there was no immediate response from the team.
John Klausmeier, crew chief on Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Ford, was fined $10,000 for an unsecured lug nut on the race-winning car.
NASCAR also issued three fines to crew chiefs in the Camping World Truck Series for the same L1 penalty.
Chad Kendrick (Austin Hill’s No. 02 Chevrolet), Graham Bruce (Stewart Friesen’s No. 52 Chevrolet) and Joel Shear Jr. (Johnny Sauter’s No. 21 Chevrolet) were fined $5,000 for violating Section 20.4, which notes “Air is not allowed to pass from one area of the interior of the vehicle to another or to the outside of the vehicle.”
NASCAR also issued an indefinite suspension to Christopher Justin Chase for violating Sections 12.1.a and 2.11.a in the rulebook, a behavioral level violation.