Larson's team penalized for Talladega crash repairs

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Larson's team penalized for Talladega crash repairs


Larson's team penalized for Talladega crash repairs


Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 NASCAR Cup Series team has been docked 10 driver points and 10 owner points following an L1-level violation last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

In its post-event penalty report, NASCAR states the team violated the damaged vehicle policy/mechanical repair by using unapproved metal tabs. Per NASCAR’s policy, regardless of how the damage occurred, the team can use only fasteners and/or tape to have original body parts removed or reattached in their original location(s).

The loss of 10 points now puts Larson — who is 11th on the playoff grid — 36 points below a transfer spot going into the elimination race at Kansas Speedway. In addition, crew chief Chad Johnston had been fined $25,000 and car chief David Bryant has been suspended from the next Cup Series race.

Larson finished 11th in the 500. The car was damaged when he blew a tire on lap 105 and spun down the backstretch.

The race-winning team from Stewart-Haas Racing was also penalized for safety after Talladega. Aric Almirola crew chief Johnny Klausmeier was fined $10,000 for one loose lug nut on Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Ford.

There were three penalties handed down in the Camping World Truck Series.

Crew chiefs Chad Kendrick (Austin Hill), Graham Bruce (Stewart Friesen) and Joel Shear Jr. (Johnny Sauter) were all fined $5,000.

The L1-level infraction was the same for each team under Section 20.4: Body. NASCAR noted, “air is not allowed to pass from one area of the interior of the vehicle to another or to the outside of the vehicle.”