Last weekend the Camping World Truck Series and the Monster Energy Cup Series ran playoff races at NASCAR’s longest track – Talladega Speedway.
After the race, NASCAR officials charged the Monster Energy Cup Series Chip Ganassi Racing number 42 car driven by Kyle Larson with violation of the Damaged Vehicle Policy.
After an on track incident, Larson’s team made repairs to the car in order to get it back on the track and earn as many points as possible; especially since Larson is below the cut of line for the next round of the playoffs.
The rule book states that teams can only reattach original car parts via fasteners or tape. Larson’s team used metal tabs to reattach the torn parts o the car which is in violation of the rules.
As a result of the infraction, crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined $25,000, car chief David Bryant has been suspended from the next race, car owner Chip Ganassi has been docked 10 car owner points, and driver Kyle Larson has been docked 10 driver points. Already 26 points below the cut off line, Larson is now 36 point behind and faces elimination from the playoffs after the next race in Kansas.
Other penalties from Talladega:
The Stewart-Haas Racing number 10 car driven by race winner Aric Almirola was found to have one of his lug nuts improperly secured. Due to the infraction, crew chief John Klausmeier has been fined $10,000.
During pre-race inspection three of the Camping World Truck Series teams were found in violation of the rule regarding internal air passing from one area o the truck to another or to the outside.
The Young’s Motorsports number 02 truck driven by Austin Hill, the MS Racing number 21 driven by Johnny Sauter, and the Halmar Friesen Racing number 52 driven by Stewart Friesen were all charged with the air flow infraction.
The number 02 crew chief Chad Kendrick, the number 21 crew chiefJoel Shear Jr, and the number 2 crew chief Graham Bruce were all charged a $5,000 fine.