Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Inspection Complete: Kyle Larson Officially Scores Win at Kansas, Christopher Bell’s Crew Chief Faces Suspension

Larson Clears Inspection Kansas
Larson clears inspection in Kansas. Officially has nine wins in 2021. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Post-race technical inspection following Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway has been completed.

Kyle Larson’s race-winning No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro has passed. As a result, NASCAR has declared Larson and his team the official winners of the race.

This marks Larson’s third-consecutive NASCAR Cup Series win and it’s his ninth-overall NCS points-paying win of 2021. The 29-year old driver now has 15-career NASCAR Cup Series wins.

Here is the official Round of 8 Playoff Grid with one race left until the Championship 4 field is decided:

  1. Kyle Larson, Locked in (2 wins)
  2. Chase Elliott, +34 points
  3. Denny Hamlin, +32
  4. Kyle Busch, +1
  5. Ryan Blaney, -1
  6. Martin Truex Jr., -3
  7. Brad Keselowski, -6
  8. Joey Logano, -26

Christopher Bell’s No. 20 car had two unsecured lug nuts, which will result in a one-race suspension  and a $20,000 fine for his crew chief Adam Stevens.

Joey Logano’s No. 22 car and Chase Briscoe’s No. 14 car had one unsecured lug nut, which will result in $10,000 fines for their crew chiefs.

Kyle Larson’s car, Denny Hamlin’s car and Joey Logano’s car will be taken to NASCAR R&D for further inspection, but no penalties will stem from the findings.

No other issues were detected in post-race inspection, which means all results and standings following Sunday’s race are now considered official.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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