NASCAR inspection penalties issued ahead of the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Today, the NASCAR Cup Series is unloaded near Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta Motor Speedway is set to host the Quaker State 400.
View Atlanta inspection issues below.
Ahead of the race, all teams must pass technical inspection. Teams have yet to touch the track as there’s no practice or qualifying sessions this week. Teams must bring a fully legal car to the starting grid.
Martin Truex Jr failed inspection twice. The first failure was related to the deck lid height. The team pushed to the car back to the garage and fixed the violation.
On the second pass through the inspection, they ran into a new issue. The rear of the car was out of line. The team failed for a second time.
The No. 78 Joe Gibbs Racing machine was able to pass inspection on the third attempt. Per the rules, Truex Jr will drop to the rear of the field for the start of the race.
NASCAR Inspection 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.