Ky. Busch, Larson penalized for postrace swerving

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson were held out of the first 30 minutes of practice at Kansas Speedway as punishment for swerving after Sunday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“You swerve, and you’re sitting,” vice president of competition Scott Miller said Friday. “That’s about all there is to it.”

It’s the first instance in which the infraction has been enforced. NASCAR executive vice president chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell warned Sprint Cup drivers before the Sept. 25 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway of penalties for swerving, which teams have employed to help ensure their cars pass the Laser Inspection Station.

“There has been a lot of dialogue in what takes place after the checkered flag with postrace inspection,” O’Donnell said. ““I want to make clear to everybody here that in NASCAR’s judgment any measures that are taken to circumvent what happens for postrace inspection, we’re going to react. We know that’s subjective, but (we) ask all of you not to put it in our hands because we will react if we have to. I think everybody knows what that means.

“We want to concentrate on the race. We want to celebrate the winner for the second race of this Chase. Couldn’t be more clear. I hope everybody agrees with that and hope everybody has a great race.’’

Asked whether the teams of Busch and Larson specifically were warned, Miller said the New Hampshire announcement “was pretty specific to what’s happening” and noted NASCAR has been analyzing postrace video for examples of swerving.

“We asked them not to swerve, and they swerved, so they’re in the garage,” Miller said. “We told them we would look at our resources after the races. We’ve been doing that.”