Chip Ganassi Racing has been penalized for the dent in the rear window of the No. 42 Chevrolet at Kansas last weekend.
The L1-level penalty results in crew chief Chad Johnston being fined $50,000 and car chief David Bryant suspended for the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. Kyle Larson also loses the playoff point he earned from winning the second stage of the Kansas Speedway race, and the team has been docked 20 driver and owner points.
Bryant will be allowed to work with the team this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the All-Star Race is a non-points event. All NASCAR suspensions are required to be served during point-paying events.
Larson made the argument Saturday night that the dent was the result of damage from contact with Ryan Blaney.
“I didn’t have it until after Blaney and I got together,” said Larson. “So, I’m glad to see that we have a lot of damage back there, because obviously if there was no damage back there we would probably get a penalty, and who knows, we might still. But I’ve got a ton of damage back there. These cars are pretty rigid and one piece of damage can affect the whole rest of the car, as you can see.”
However, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell counterpointed earlier this week that he’d “never seen damage cause that.”
Chip Ganassi Racing will not appeal the penalty.
The only additional penalty from Kansas Speedway was a $10,000 fine for Todd Gordon of Joey Logano’s No. 22 car because of an unsecured lug nut.