Larson loses initial penalty appeal

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Larson loses initial penalty appeal

NASCAR

Larson loses initial penalty appeal

The National Motorsports Appeal Panel has upheld the penalty issued to Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 team.

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 Chevy during Sunday’s race at Talladega. NASCAR’s damaged vehicle policy stipulates the use of fasteners or tape for such repairs.

The three-member heard the appeal Friday morning at Kansas Speedway. NASCAR expedited the process ahead of this weekend’s activity at Kansas, the second elimination race in the playoffs. With the penalty, Larson is 36 points below a transfer spot.

Chip Ganassi Racing has opted to continue its appeal to final appeals officer Bryan Moss. It will be heard later today at 8 p.m. ET.

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