Chip Ganassi Racing will appeal the 10-point penalty issued to Kyle Larson for a technical violation at Talladega last weekend.
NASCAR docked Larson 10 points, fined crew chief Chad Johnston $25,000 and suspended car chief David Bryant for one race after determining that the team had used unapproved metal tabs while fixing the No.42 during Sunday’s race. NASCAR’s damaged vehicle policy stipulates the use of fasteners or tape for such repairs.
“After reviewing the penalty, the rule and the procedure that we used during the race in Talladega, we feel strongly that we did nothing wrong,” said the team in a statement. “Subsequently, we have decided to appeal the penalty. Despite going through the appeal process, we will do everything in our power to keep our team focused on the race this weekend in Kansas and the balance of the season.”
Larson faces a tough battle to remain in championship contention after this weekend’s race at Kansas regardless of whether the appeal is settled in his favor. After finishing 11th at Talladega, he heads to the elimination race 36 points shy of the cutoff (26, if his appeal is successful), well short of where he needs to be in order to book a place in the Round of 8.
The appeal is scheduled to be heard at Kansas Speedway on Friday morning.