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Larson, team not happy with early exit from Clash

AP Photo/John Raoux

#42-Kyle Larson's car was parked with 14 laps remaining in the Clash at Daytona exhibition Sunday when his team had more than six crewmen over the wall to work on the car. NASCAR's new damaged vehicle policy states that the penalty for "too many men over the wall" is the car can't continue in the race.

There was confusion all around the Chip Ganassi Racing camp as NASCAR had said the five-minute clock for repairs on pit road wouldn't be used. But the remainder of the policy -- that body panels and pieces can't be replaced, work on damaged cars must be done on pit road, etc. -- was in effect. "I didn't even know that was a rule," Larson said. "I guess it doesn't really matter because it's just an exhibition race anyways. I feel bad for our new sponsor Credit One Bank that they don't get to be part of the last 10 laps. "It's just confusing. We know now."

Larson crew chief Chad Johnston said he wanted to talk to NASCAR about how it interpreted the rule. "We didn't have too many over as far as I can tell," he said.

The new rules will be a learning experience for all teams. At the moment, teams will be responsible for knowing how much time they have on the five-minute clock to make minor damage repairs on pit road. NASCAR will let teams know when their time has expired, which would mean the car can't return to the race.(ESPN)