NASCAR inspection issues ahead of the race at Darlington Raceway
Today, the NASCAR Cup Series rolls to the grid in Darlington, South Carolina. The 1.366-mile oval of Darlington Raceway is set to conclude the Throwback weekend.
Cup cars have yet to touch the race track. The starting lineup was set via a formula.
Ahead of today’s race, teams must roll through inspection.
Tracks over 1-mile are are more important than others when it comes to pushing the aerodynamic boundaries of the rule book. Thus, about half the field failed inspection on their first attempt. However, there’s no penalty for a single failure.
Aric Almirola has failed on his second pass through the line. Per the rules, Almirola will give up his starting position and move to the rear at the green flag.
NASCAR tech is now complete.
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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.
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