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NASCAR Cup: Kyle Larson’s team loses final appeal

DOVER, DE – MAY 05: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 DC Solar Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 5, 2018 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


Kyle Larson’s points deficit for 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR playoffs advancement to the third round, or round of eight, remains at 36 points after his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team lost its second and final chance to appeal the penalties it received after the Oct. 14 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City is the elimination race of playoff round two.

Larson and his team were docked 10 points, crew chief Chad Johnston was fined $25,000 and car chief David Bryant was suspended from one race for violation of section 10.9.9.d of the 2018 NASCAR rule book which states, “Damaged vehicle repair, regardless of how the damage occurred, is permitted to have original body parts removed or reattached in their original location with fasteners and/or tape only.” According to NASCAR, the team used unapproved metal fasteners to repair crash damage during the Talladega race.

The team made its first appeal to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel on Friday morning.

“After reviewing the penalty, the rule and the procedure that we used during the race in Talladega, we feel strongly that we did nothing wrong,” a statement from from CGR on Thursday read. “Subsequently, we have decided to appeal the penalty. Despite going through the appeal process, we will do everything in our power to keep our team focused on the race this weekend in Kansas and the balance of the season.”

After losing its first appeal, the team made its appeal to Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, on Friday evening. That appeal also was lost.

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