NASCAR has issued a penalty ahead of qualifying at Daytona International Speedway
Tonight, the NASCAR Cup Series will take to Daytona International Speedway. It’s qualifying for the famed Daytona 500.
Tonight’s qualifying session will only lock out the front row for Sunday’s race. However, qualifying will be used to set the starting lineup in each of the Daytona Duel races.
The Duels at Daytona are used to complete the Daytona 500 lineup. The finishing positions in each of the the two Duel races will set the field from row two on back in the Great American Race.
Ahead of NASCAR qualifying, teams are required to pass multiple inspection points. After qualifying, the cars are impounded by series officials. They remain mostly untouched until the Duel races are complete.
Typically, Daytona inspection can bring issues to the surface as teams push boundaries for superspeedway events.
Daytona inspection failures
Garrett Smithley, David Ragan and Noah Gragson all failed on the second pass through the inspection line. Each of them are open cars and could face a crew member ejection from NASCAR.
Gragson went back to the garage after a 3rd attempt through the line. It appears Gragson will not make a qualifying run.
Gragson will now need to win one of the Duel races. He’ll be starting at the rear of the field in his Duel.
In the event of an ejection announcement, this story will be updated.
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, an ejection is possible at NASCAR discretion.
3 NASCAR inspection failures: The team isn’t allowed to qualify.