Las Vegas inspection issues for the NASCAR Cup Series
Today, the NASCAR Cup Series unloads in Las Vegas, NV. It’s round two of the NASCAR Playoffs on the 1.5-mile of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
View NASCAR inspection issued from Las Vegas Motor Speedway below.
There’s no practice or qualifying sessions this weekend. Per the rules, teams must unload their cars and pass an inspection line before pushing the cars to the grid.
Regarding the Playoff cars alone, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott passed on the first attempt. All the other Playoff cars have failed tech on the first pass.
Playoff cars fail on 1st attempt: Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick.
No penalties have been issued yet. Each car that failed on the first attempt will be able to roll through the inspection line again for a second attempt. If they pass on the second attempt, no penalties will be issued.
If teams fail on their 2nd attempt, the will lose their starting spot. A 3rd fail would result in a larger penalty.
Inspection is ongoing. This post will be updated upon more failures. The line doesn’t open for a second attempt until all cars pass the line for their first attempt.
Penalties have been issued in the NASCAR inspection line:
Playoff cars fail on 2nd attempt: Martin Truex Jr and William Byron.
William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, Aric Almirola and JJ Yeley have failed on their second attempt. Each of those cars will lose their starting positions. They still need to pass on their 3rd attempt.
JJ Yeley has failed on his third attempt.
Update: All cars have now passed tech. Yeley is through on his 4th attempt. Yeley will serve a pass through at the start of the race, his crew chief has also been ejected.
Related: Las Vegas TV Schedule
NASCAR Inspection Rules
1 Inspection failure: No penalty, the team gets to go to the back of the inspection line and try again.
2 inspection failure: If a team fails twice, NASCAR will send that car to the rear of the field.
3 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.