No. 42 Car of Kyle Larson Fails Michigan Post-Race LIS

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By Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor

Kyle Larson was able to earn his third top-five finish this season on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, but will likely see penalties for his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team later this week after his car failed at the NASCAR Laser Inspection Station post-race.

Larson has yet to win this season, though his team has obviously made meaningful gains as the No. 42 has already earned more top fives in 15 races this season than he did all of last year. Though Larson certainly feels like he is getting closer to Victory Lane, he is still 23 points out of 16th place (the Chase cutoff point). It’s likely that he could work his way into the Chase — which starts in September — on points, but winning a race would virtually guarantee the 23-year-old a spot in the postseason.

Larson’s crew chief Chad Johnston was already away from the track this weekend, following a suspension for a lug nut violation discovered by NASCAR after the race at Pocono last week. Penalties for failing inspection will most likely be issued on Wednesday, but with Johnston not present at the track for the violation, it’s uncertain what that penalty will be.

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