NASCAR busts Kyle Larson's lug nuts, cracks down on team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Sprint Cup team of Kyle Larson has been punished by NASCAR for the second consecutive race.

Interim crew chief Philip Surgen was fined $25,000 and the Chip Ganassi Racing team lost 15 driver points and 15 owner points for infractions at the race in Michigan last weekend.

The No. 42 Chevrolet failed a post-race inspection, violating rules relating to actions detrimental to stock car racing and vehicle inspection measurements. Surgen was a replacement crew chief for Chad Johnston, who missed the race after becoming the fourth crew chief suspended this season over loose lug nuts.

Larson finished third in Sunday's race, becoming part of the youngest top three in NASCAR Sprint Cup history behind Joey Logano and runner-up Chase Elliott.

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