NASCAR has made clear the reason behind the fire on Ty Gibbs’ car during practice for the Los Angeles Clash, and it appears to be unrelated to the issues that plagued the Cup Series just last year.

During practice for the pre-season exhibition race, a fire broke out inside the cockpit of Gibbs’ No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

On Tuesday while speaking to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, the sanctioning body made it clear that this latest incident is unrelated to last year’s woes.

“Completely isolated incident from the fires we had in 2022,” explained the sport’s Senior VP of Competition Elton Sawyer. “You know, obviously we ran mufflers there (at the Clash). We worked closely after that incident with the team. First time at an event with mufflers and the installation wasn’t quite where it needed to be. We worked with the team, we got there after the incident and got it corrected. They got everything tight and where it needed to be.


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