Larson issued penalty over window breach

Dan Herrero

Wednesday 16th May, 2018 - 5:00pm

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Kyle Larson in Kansas

Kyle Larson has been hit with a points penalty and had his car chief suspended for a technical breach in the Kansas NASCAR Cup Series race.

Larson won Stage 2 of Saturday night’s KC Masterpiece 400 and led the most laps on his way to fourth position in the #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro.

The result came despite being involved in a late-race incident with Ryan Blaney, who made contact which cut Larson’s left-rear tyre before the #12 Team Penske Ford hit the wall.

His car was investigated for an alleged breach regarding a failure to ensure that the rear windscreen was rigid, an issue which Larson claimed was caused by the hit from Blaney.

“I didn’t have it until after Blaney and I got together,” said Larson post-race.

“So, I’m glad to see that we have a lot of damage back there, because obviously if there was no damage back there we would probably get a penalty, and who knows, we might still.

“But I’ve got a ton of damage back there. These cars are pretty rigid and one piece of damage can affect the whole rest of the car.”

Officials did not accept that defence and stripped Larson of the playoff point for winning Stage 2 as well as 20 points from the drivers’ and owners’ standings.

The 25-year-old therefore drops from 10th to 11th in the standings but remains the highest placed Chevrolet driver.

Crew chief Chad Johnston was fined $50,000 and car chief David Bryant suspended from the next two points-paying races (after this weekend’s All-Star Race in Charlotte).

“We don’t believe that was the entire cause,” NASCAR’s Scott Miller told the series’ website regarding Larsons’s claim.

“I mean, there’s a possibility that it could have exacerbated the situation a little bit, but we have evidence that shows that there were things happening before that contact.”

CGR has already confirmed that it will not appeal the penalty.

“Although all parties agree that the infraction was unintentional and the result of contact, we will not appeal the penalty so that we can focus our energy on the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600,” read a statement from the team.

Larson is the fifth driver to be hit with an L1-grade penalty for a rear windscreen violation in 2018, with this season’s form man Kevin Harvick issued a similar sanction after March’s Las Vegas race.

The All-Star weekend is next on the calendar at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18-19.

Standings Updated

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Pl’off pts
1 Kyle Busch 503 12 3 17
2 Joey Logano 491 -12 12 1 7
3 Kevin Harvick 484 -19 12 5 24
4 Brad Keselowski 396 -107 12 0 4
5 Kurt Busch 393 -110 12 0 2
6 Clint Bowyer 386 -117 12 1 5
7 Denny Hamlin 380 -123 12 0 1
8 Martin Truex Jnr 376 -127 12 1 7
9 Ryan Blaney 365 -138 12 0 3
10 Aric Almirola 342 -161 12 0 0
11 Kyle Larson 336 -167 12 0 0
12 Jimmie Johnson 286 -217 12 0 0
13 Erik Jones 285 -218 12 0 0
14 Alex Bowman 271 -232 12 0 0
15 Chase Elliott 266 -237 12 0 0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 265 -238 12 0 0
17 Austin Dillon 241 -262 12 1 5
18 Paul Menard 240 -263 12 0 1
19 William Byron 229 -274 12 0 0
20 Ryan Newman 225 -278 12 0 0
21 Daniel Suarez 223 -280 12 0 0
22 Darrell Wallace Jnr 207 -296 12 0 0
23 AJ Allmendinger 200 -303 12 0 0
24 Jamie McMurray 194 -309 12 0 0
25 David Ragan 191 -312 12 0 0
26 Chris Buescher 176 -327 12 0 0
27 Kasey Kahne 165 -338 12 0 0
28 Michael McDowell 158 -345 12 0 0
29 Matt DiBenedetto 153 -350 12 0 0
30 Ty Dillon 148 -355 12 0 0
31 Trevor Bayne 145 -358 11 0 0
32 Gray Gaulding 84 -419 12 0 0
33 Cole Whitt 78 -425 7 0 0
34 Landon Cassill 55 -448 6 0 0
35 DJ Kennington 55 -448 5 0 0
36 Reed Sorenson 31 -472 7 0 0
37 Jeffrey Earnhardt 28 -475 5 0 0
38 Corey LaJoie 28 -475 5 0 0
39 Brendan Gaughan 24 -479 2 0 0
40 Harrison Rhodes 23 -480 5 0 0
41 Mark Thompson 15 -488 1 0 0
42 Danica Patrick 2 -501 1 0 0
43 Matt Kenseth 1 -502 1 0 0
44 Derrike Cope 1 -502 1 0 0
45 Justin Marks 0 -503 1 0 0
46 David Gilliland 0 -503 1 0 0
47 Ross Chastain 0 -503 11 0 0
48 Timothy Peters 0 -503 1 0 0
49 Cole Custer 0 -503 1 0 0
50 Joey Gase 0 -503 2 0 0
51 JJ Yeley 0 -503 1 0 0
52 Timmy Hill 0 -503 4 0 0
53 Daniel Hemric 0 -503 1 0 0
54 Chad Finchum 0 -503 1 0 0
55 BJ Mcleod 0 -503 1 0 0
56 Cody Ware 0 -503 1 0 0

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