Four teams penalized ahead of the NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway
Today, they’ll drop the green flag at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. The paperclip oval is set for 500 laps of stock car racing.
However, this is also an enhanced weekend. That puts inspection at a different point in the weekend.
Typically, inspection takes place ahead of qualifying. This weekend, cars are impounded after qualifying. Teams then roll through inspection on Sunday morning, the day of the race.
Cars that failed Martinsville inspection: Ryan Newman, Corey LaJoie, Timmy Hill and BJ McLeod all failed inspection on Sunday morning.
The qualifying times for all four of these cars will not count. This isn’t a drop to the rear situation, their official starting positions are now at the tail of the field.
Newman and LaJoie both passed on their second attempt through the inspection line.
Hill and McLeod each failed on the second time through inspection. Officials have ejected a crew member of their choosing.
NASCAR inspection rules: Pre-race/post-qualifying inspection
NASCAR updated the inspection violation penalties at the start of the 2019 season. They are also different for a race weekend featuring an enhanced weekend with an impound following qualifying.
The NASCAR inspection penalties for Martinsville Speedway are as follows:
1 NASCAR Inspection failure: The team’s time from qualifying is disallowed. They will start from the rear, behind all other cars that pass inspection. They also lose their pit stall selection.
2 NASCAR inspection failure: If a team fails twice, NASCAR will eject a crew member of their choosing. In addition, they are forced to the start the race in the rear.
3 NASCAR inspection failures: If a team failed three times then they lose a crew member. They have to start at the rear. In addition, the car has to serve a pass through penalty on pit lane at the start of the race. A points penalty is also added to the list.