Ross Chastain penalized; Team fined ahead of NASCAR All-Star race for parts not matching CAD files
Tonight, the NASCAR Cup Series takes the green at Texas Motor Speedway. It’s the NASCAR All-Star race at the 1.5-mile track.
Ahead of the All-Star Race, 22 cars will lineup for the Open race. The Open race is an LCQ event to grab the final starting spots in the All-Star race. Three drivers will advance out of the All-Star Open and start at the tail of the race that follows.
The All-Star Open is a 50 lap event. Stage winners will advance.
Teams have not turned a lap at the track. In most cases, today is the first time the cars have unloaded. Before taking to the track, all cars in the All-Star Race and All-Star Open must pass multiple NASCAR inspection stations.
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Aero ducts are in play this weekend. And the No. 42 machine for Ross Chastain, the team failed to match the CAD part files in the Aero Duct area.
20.4.2.d: “For NA18D Events, the approved CAD files are are the files included below in addition to the approved OEM CAD files. Body components must also conform to the nominal size, drawing number and part number as outlined in Table 20.4.2.d NA18D Events.”
20.4.4.a: “For NA18D Events, aero duct openings must conform to the CAD files: Chevrolet Aero Duct Hole Pattern.”
Ross Chastain was scheduled to start 5th in the All-Star Open. He’ll be sent to the tail of the field ahead of the race.
Additionally, Phil Surgen, the team’s crew chief, has been ejected from the event. The team has been handed a fine of $25,000.
Yesterday, Ross Chastain drove to 3rd in the NASCAR Truck Series. His Niece Motorsports team was disqualified in post-race inspection.