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NASCAR penalizes Kyle Larson after Kansas race as rear-window incidents increase

(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   The movie Rear Window could provide the theme for this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

For the fifth time this year, a team – in this case, Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet – has been penalized for its rear window not meeting NASCAR specifications.

Larson was hit with a 20-point penalty, crew chief Chad Johnson was fined $50,000 and car chief David Bryant was suspended for two races after a post-race inspection found that the team’s Kansas Speedway rear window was not rigid.

Team members said the window’s brace apparently broke during contact with another car during the race, but NASCAR did not buy that excuse.

Mechanics say air flow over the rear of cars typically improves when the rear window is not rigid.

“It’s an area we continue to focus on because the teams know that they found something there, and if we have to react, we will,” said NASCAR official Steve O’Donnell.

Chip Ganassi Racing said it will not appeal the penalties.

Other driver/teams hit with rear-window related penalties this year – Kevin Harvick (Las Vegas), Chase Elliott (Texas), Daniel Suarez and Clint Bowyer (Dover).

NASCAR senior vice president Steve Miller told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Tuesday that the sanctioning body will issue stronger penalties if the rear window issues continue.

“We’ve had too many of these rear-window violations, and so we are prepared to write the same penalty we’ve been writing for the 42 (Larson’s team), but this has to stop,” Miller said. “From this point forward, we’re prepared to ramp up penalties, and we’re going to go to the high end to see if we can get the message across because obviously what we’re doing now is not really working. If we get down the road and that doesn’t work, we’ll ramp the penalties for this violation up even further. It’s just one of those things as an industry we have to stop.”

Also penalized Tuesday was the team of Joey Logano. Its Team Penske Ford had an unsecured lug nut after the Kansas race. Crew chief Todd Gordon was fined $10,000

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