Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kyle Larson’s visit to Kentucky Speedway is turning into one he will want to forget. On Friday Larson’s team had numerous pre-qualifying inspection issues with their number 42 car that resulted in Larson missing qualifying. As a result, he started the race in last place. Then after moving through the field, a pit road violation put him at the back of the field once again. Larson worked his way through the field again to finish the race in second place.
On July 12, NASCAR assessed Larson’s team with a penalty for a rear brake cooling assembly that did not meet NASCAR standards. Larson’s finish is now considered to be encumbered and any points or bonus points cannot count toward Larson’s run for the championship. Prior to the penalty Larson held the lead in the Cup standings, one point ahead of race winner Martin Truex Jr. As a result of penalties assessed, Larson is now in second place with Truex taking over the lead in the standings.
Due to the infraction, Kyle Larson’s crew chief Chad Johnston was fined $75,000, Kyle Larson was docked 35 driver points, and car owner Chip Ganassi was docked 35 points.
Whenever NASCAR levies penalties on a driver or team member, they have the right to appeal the ruling. Speaking on the penalty and whether to appeal Chip Ganassi said, “we accept the penalty and will move forward.
In other NASCAR penalties…
In his first race back after a four race suspension, Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Adam Stevens was fined $10,000 for a lug nut infraction in post race inspection on Kyle Busch’s number 18 car. Stevens and two other over the wall crew members on Kyle Busch’s team were suspended after a tire came off of Busch’s car at Dover International Speedway.
In the Xfinity Series the crew chief – Thomas Machek – for the number zero one car driven by Harrison Rhodes was charged with a lug nut violation.
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