Car chiefs ejected for the duration of Daytona Speedweeks
Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon have all been penalized ahead of Daytona 500 qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
NASCAR is heading into 2019 with a goal of ruling with an iron fist. Specifically, that’s in regards to inspections.
Today, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rolled through their first inspection of the year. Teams rolled through the inspection tents ahead of Daytona 500 qualifying.
Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon have all failed pre-qualifying inspection two times.
New for 2019, when a team fails inspection two times, they lose a team member. The same penalty used to require three failed attempts. For this year, it’s reduced to two failures.
Each of the drivers listed will lose their car chief. They are ejected from Daytona International Speedway. That of more importance this week as the ejection will last for the duration of Speedweeks.
The car chiefs will miss Daytona 500 qualifying, The Clash at Daytona, the Daytona Duels as well as the Daytona 500 next Sunday.
Additionally, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon will have to sit out 15 minutes of Daytona 500 practice.
Daytona 500 qualifying is currently underway. Austin Dillon is the defending race winner of the 500 mile event.
Here are the new penalty formats regarding NASCAR inspection:
3 NASCAR inspection failures: If a team failed three times then they would not be allowed to qualify.
4 NASCAR inspection failures: If a team failed four times then they lose a car chief, miss qualifying and they have to make a pass through on lap 1 of the race.
No team failed 3 times or more during this morning’s inspection session. However, more inspections remain ahead of next Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.