NASCAR inspection issues explained from the the crew chief’s perspective
NASCAR introduced a new inspection system over the off-season. In short, it’s teching the cars to a degree that hasn’t been seen before. The margins for error is smaller than ever.
At Auto Club Speedway, 13 cars failed to make it to the track for qualifying. However, several more cars than that failed their first pass through the inspection tent. Having that many cars backed up the line. Which only creates more issues.
Auto Club Speedway wasn’t the first time the tech line backed up and forced cars to miss qualifying. It’s actually been a recurring theme for the last few years.
“We can’t do any more than what we’re doing. You do every thing you possibly can, every week, to pass tech,” #78 crew chief Cole Pearn states after the win at Auto Club Speedway.