NASCAR has issued a penalty ahead of today’s start
Today, the NASCAR Cup Series will take the green flag at Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s the Supermarket Heroes 500 in Bristol, Tennessee.
View 2020 Bristol inspection issues below.
Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola will set the front row for the 500-lap event. They grabbed those positions via a random draw by NASCAR officials.
There’s no qualifying or practice sessions ahead of today’s event. Teams will see turn one for the first time under power, on lap one.
Yet, teams are still required to pass pre-race inspection. That inspection tent opened early this morning, some 6 hours ahead of the event.
The race is scheduled to begin in about an hour.
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Bristol Motor Speedway: Inspection Failures
Gray Gaulding and Ryan Preece will drop to the rear of the field ahead of today’s event. Each of these teams failed pre-race inspection two times.
NASCAR Cup Series teams are limited to just 16 members amid a pandemic. Crew members are usually ejected with two inspection failures. The rules have changed slightly and no crew member will be ejected.
NASCAR Inspection Penalties: Pre-Qual Inspection (Rules)
1 NASCAR Inspection failure: No penalty, the team gets to go to the back of the inspection line and try again.
2 NASCAR inspection failure: If a team fails twice, NASCAR will send that car to the rear of the field.
3 NASCAR inspection failures: 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.
Typically, NASCAR crew members are ejected on a second failure. However, due to a lack of practice and/or qualifying in recent events, series officials have given less-strict ejections for failed pre-race inspections.