Teams will be heading to the rear ahead of the NASCAR race in Miami
Today, the NASCAR Cup Series takes the green flag in Homestead, Florida. The 1.5-mile of Homestead Miami Speedway hosts the event.
This is the first 1.5-mile race of the season.
There’s no practice or qualifying this week. Teams will see turn one for the first time on lap 1 of the race. Before rolling to the grid, teams must pass inspection.
Rick Ware Racing’s James Davison car has failed inspection twice. Per the rules, Davison will be sent to the rear of the field at the start of the race.
Update: Denny Hamlin was scheduled to start from the pole position. However, he’ll be dropping to the rear for unapproved adjustments.
Hamlin passed inspection. The crew made the unapproved adjustments while the car was on the grid.
Additionally, Alex Bowman (Hendrick Motorsports) and Corey LaJoie (Spire Motorsports) will also go to the rear. Those cars join the tail after being penalized 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.