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Talladega Superspeedway post-race penalties announced; Larson’s appeals both denied

UPDATE 2 10-19-2018: The National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Mr. Bryan Moss, heard and considered the appeal of an L1 level penalty issued on Oct. 17 to Chad Johnston (crew chief), David Bryant (car chief), Kyle Larson (driver) and Chip Ganassi Racing (owner), relative to the No. 42 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team at Talladega Superspeedway.

The penalty concerns the following section in the 2018 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 10.9.9.d Damage Vehicle Policy/Mechanical Repair.

The original penalty assessed: Johnston was fined $25,000; Bryant was suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Event; Chip Ganassi Racing was assessed with the loss of 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owner points; Larson was assessed with the loss of 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver points.

Upon hearing the testimony, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer made the following decisions:

1. The Appellants violated the Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice;
2. The decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to uphold the original Penalty issued by NASCAR is affirmed and upheld.

The decision of the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer is final and binding on all parties.

— NASCAR —

UPDATE 10-19-2018: The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of an L1 level penalty issued on Oct. 17 to Chad Johnston (crew chief), David Bryant (car chief), Kyle Larson (driver) and Chip Ganassi Racing (owner), relative to the No. 42 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team at Talladega Superspeedway.

The penalty concerns the following section in the 2018 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 10.9.9.d Damage Vehicle Policy/Mechanical Repair.

The original penalty assessed: Johnston was fined $25,000; Bryant was suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Event; Chip Ganassi Racing was assessed with the loss of 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owner points; Larson was assessed with the loss of 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver points.

Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:

1. That the Appellants violated the Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice.
2. That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR.

The panel consisted of the following three individuals:

– Mr. Chuck Deery
– Mr. Dixon Johnston
– Ms. Cathy Rice

The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, and the request must be made by noon CT on October 19, 2018.

— NASCAR —

UPDATE 10-18-2018: Chip Ganassi Racing will appeal Larson’s penalty. The appeal will be heard Friday morning at Kansas Speedway.

Original post 10-17-2018: NASCAR has released the Post-Event Penalty Report for Talladega Superspeedway:

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Infraction Date: 10/14/2018 (post-race inspection)
Team: #42-Kyle Larson
Level: L1
Violation: Section 10.9.9.d Damaged Vehicle Policy/Mechanical Repair Note: 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.
Penalty: Crew chief (Chad Johnston) has been fined $25,000. Car chief (David Bryant) has been suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship points event. Team has been assessed with the loss of 10 driver points and 10 owner points.

Infraction Date: 10/14/2018 (post-race inspection)
Team: #10-Aric Almirola
Level: Safety
Violation: Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Penalty: Crew chief (John Klausmeier) has been fined $10,000.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Infraction Date: 10/13/2018 (post-race inspection)
Team: #02-Austin Hill
Level: L1
Violation: Section 20.4: Body. Note: Air is not allowed to pass from one area of the interior of the vehicle to another or to the outside of the vehicle.
Penalty: Crew chief (Chad Kendrick) has been fined $5,000.

Infraction Date: 10/13/2018 (post-race inspection)
Team: #52-Stewart Friesen
Level: L1
Violation: Section 20.4: Body. Note: Air is not allowed to pass from one area of the interior of the vehicle to another or to the outside of the vehicle.
Penalty: Crew chief (Graham Bruce) has been fined $5,000.

Infraction Date: 10/13/2018 (post-race inspection)
Team: #21-Johnny Sauter
Level: L1
Violation: Section 20.4: Body. Note: Air is not allowed to pass from one area of the interior of the vehicle to another or to the outside of the vehicle.
Penalty: Crew chief (Joel Shear Jr) has been fined $5,000.

NASCAR

Infraction Date: 10/17/2018
Member: Christopher Justin Chase
Level: Behavioral
Violation: Sections 12.1.a; 2.11.a
Penalty: Indefinite suspension from NASCAR

— NASCAR —