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Kyle Larson calls out NASCAR over lack of pit penalty for Jimmie Johnson at Charlotte | NASCAR

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NASCAR didn’t penalize Jimmie Johnson after an apparent pit-road violation Sunday in the Bank of America 500 playoff race at Charlotte, and fellow championship contender Kyle Larson isn’t too happy about it. 

On a pit stop during a Lap 280 caution, Johnson’s front-tire changer appeared to tighten a lug nut while No. 48 car was outside of his pit box, a supposed violation for servicing the car outside of a pit stall. 

Instead of issuing a one-lap penalty, NASCAR said the No. 48 team noticed the potential safety violation immediately and corrected the issue. The time spent to back up and tighten the lug nut was penalty enough, the governing body said, much to Larson’s chagrin. 

“I don’t think it is right, you know, NASCAR’s kind of excuse from him not having a penalty,” Larson said at Martinsville Speedway Tuesday, via “I would like to see NASCAR just use the rule, you know, make us back all the way up to our pit stall like they typically do.


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