FORT WORTH, TX – Chip Ganassi Racing was heading towards at the very least a dual top 10 finish in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500. Heading into their second to last pit stops of the race, they short pitted a bit. Unfortunately, the 11th and final caution of the race at the Texas Motor Speedway cost them dearly.
Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch both gave up top 10 spots in the running order to hit pit lane. Unfortunately for them, Darrell Wallace Jr. spun twice on the race track, bringing out a yellow. Both were a lap down and would not gain spots due to that.
While they’d get their laps back via a wave around, they would go from inside of the top 10 to just barely inside of the top 20.
Larson, calls the penalty “bs.”
“I’ve done it. We’ve all done it in those positions. But, until NASCAR steps in and whether it’s a penalty with points or something, people are going to do it.
“It just sucks. That was very obvious (Wallace) was spinning on purpose. He turned right and left to spin out. So when it’s blatant and that obvious, I think it’s pretty easy for them to notice it and make a call on it. I think Helen Keller could have seen that.”
Busch, would rebound to bring his No. 1 Chevrolet home ninth. He was also ninth in the spring race and has six straight top 10 finishes on the 1.5-mile track. Furthermore, Busch has eight top 10’s in his last nine Texas starts. The only problem is, he hasn’t had a top five in the LoneStar State since 2010. It was his third straight top 10 finish on the season and fourth in the last five races. The newly signed driver for a contract extension is ending the year on top. He finished seventh in the spring race at Phoenix too, which happens to be the next race up on the schedule.
Unfortunately for Larson, he could only muster a 12th place finish in his No. 42 Chevrolet. He went from -23 to -24 in the playoff standings as he likely needs to be in a must win scenario next weekend in Phoenix.