NASCAR has issued multiple penalties ahead of today’s start
Today, the NASCAR Cup Series will take the green flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It’s the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 on the 1.54-mile oval.
View Atlanta inspection issues below.
There’s been no qualifying or practice sessions this weekend. That makes it difficult on teams to make sure everything is right, the first time.
The starting lineup was set via a random draw by NASCAR officials. That lineup was determined several days prior.
Despite a lack of on-track time, teams still must pass pre-race inspection.
Atlanta Motor Speedway: inspection failures
Kurt Busch has failed pre-race inspection three times. Not only will he be starting at the rear of the field, but he’ll also be required to serve a pass through penalty on the first lap of the race.
The car of Kurt Busch was in violation on OSS measurements. Specifically, under the car.
Corey LaJoie and Garrett Smithley both failed pre-race inspection twice. Per the rules, they will be starting from the rear.
Timmy Hill and Cole Custer will also be going to the rear. In those cases, it’s for unapproved adjustments.
NASCAR Inspection Penalties (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.