NASCAR Cup: Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson first penalized for post-race swerving
No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet of Kyle Busch (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Late last month, NASCAR decided to crack down on the practice by NASCAR Sprint Cup teams/drivers of swerving their cards post-race in an attempt to get their cars inside tolerances allowable by the NASCAR rulebook, increasing their chances of passing post-race laser inspection with cars previously out of tolerance. Since warning drivers of a crack-down on the practice prior to the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sept. 25, Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team and Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team have become the first two penalized for the practice. The penalty came in the form of losses of 30 minutes of practice time on Friday at Kansas Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.
“There has been a lot of dialogue in what takes place after the checkered flag with post-race inspection,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said. “I want to make clear to everybody here that in NASCAR’s judgment, any measures that are taken to circumvent what happens for postrace inspection, we’re going to react.”
Busch and Larson’s penalty came as a result of swerving after last weekend’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“We asked them not to swerve, and they swerved, so they’re in the garage,” NASCAR Vice President of competition Scott Miller told NBC Sports
. “We told them we would look at our resources after the races. We’ve been doing that.”