Chris Buescher has been disqualified following post-race NASCAR inspection at Daytona International Speedway
On Saturday night, Daytona International Speedway hosted the regular-season finale. The 2.5-mile oval in Daytona Beach, FL brought chaos in a wild race.
Following multiple late race crashes, the front of the grid looked different than it did all night. Ryan Blaney survived the carnage and drove to victory lane.
Chris Buescher entered the race in a must-win situation. He needed to win to earn a playoff spot. At the line, he finished 2nd.
Buescher told NBC Sports after the race, “It hurts, honestly. I guess at the end of the day on one side I’m glad to see another Ford in victory lane, but it hurts that it wasn’t us. It hurts to get this close and not quite make it and to be sitting here right at the moment. We got a good fire on the restart, but our lane didn’t materialize near as well.”
Chris Buescher fails inspection
After the race, the top 3 and one random car are typically inspected at the track. In the playoffs, all playoff cars are tech’d.
Ryan Blaney cleared inspection. He’s the official winner of the event.
However, Chris Buescher has failed post-race tech inspection. He drops from 2nd to 40th in the official results.
“The No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Chris Buescher, however, was disqualified as it did not conform to the NASCAR rule specifications per the following rule: 18.104.22.168.b REAR SUB-FRAME ASSEMBLY; I-4 Track Bar Mounting Assembly. Buescher’s second-place finish was altered to 40th, last in the 40-car field, as a result.”
The NASCAR Playoff grid remains unchanged following the disqualification.