NASCAR Penalizes No. 42 Team of Kyle Larson

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Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor

After a strong third-place showing at Michigan International Speedway, Kyle Larson was hit with a penalty for the second week in a row. While the team’s regular crew chief Chad Johnston was serving a one-race suspension follow a lug nut violation at Pocono Raceway, engineer Philip Surgen sat atop the pit box in the interim and filled Johnston’s shoes in the interim.

Larson’s No. 42 car failed a post-race laser station inspection and, as a result, Surgen was fined $25,000.00. Additionally, Larson and team owner Chip Ganassi were each penalized 15 driver and owner points, respectively, dropping Larson from 15th to 21st in the points standings. He is now 38 points behind 16th-place Ryan Blaney, the cutoff point in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

While there are still 10 races left before the Chase actually begins, Larson has yet to win a race this season, which would virtually guarantee him a spot in the postseason. Though he has certainly had some runs where he was arguably capable of doing so (last week at Michigan being one of them), it was possible that Larson was going to be able to make the Chase on points alone. Now, he has an even steeper hill to climb.

Larson currently has three top-five finishes this season after 15 races (more than he had for all of the 2015 season) and has led 103 laps. The Sprint Cup Series off this week, but will head to Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 26th.

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