NASCAR inspection saw an odd turn of events with most teams carrying umbrellas over the cars on the way to tech after most failed their first attempt
This weekend, NASCAR takes on the 2.5-mile oval of Talladega Superspeedway. The NASCAR Cup Series doesn’t have a practice session, but they will qualify on Saturday.
View Talladega inspection issues below.
On Friday, the NASCAR Cup Series garage rolled through the tech line. And on the first attempt, most of the field failed inspection. No penalties are issued for a single failure.
Due to the rare occurrence where most cars failed, they went to work with a solution. Teams were under the impression that the heat in the bright sunlight was the cause of the body inspection failures.
Teams are under the impression that the heat would move the body panels enough to fail. Bodies are scanned with an optical laser to check every inch of every machine to every line of the rule book.
On the second attempt, most teams carried a minimum of four umbrellas over the car as they waited in the sunlight on the way to take. And that appeared to work for most teams.
However, Martin Truex Jr, Landon Cassill and Ricky Stenhouse Jr all failed on their second attempt. Per the rules, those teams will see a crew member ejected and they’ll drop to the rear for the start of the race.
The cars of Truex Jr and Stenhouse were able to pass on their third attempt through the line.
Cassill’s machine failed on the third attempt. Per the rules, the No. 77 will not be permitted to qualify and they’ll be forced to serve a pass-through penalty at the start of the race. Additionally, they’ve lost pit selection.
All three teams have lost crew members:
Ejected: Nick Burton
Ejected: Travis Young
Ejected: JR Norris
NASCAR Inspection Rules (Pre-Qualifying)
1 Inspection failure: No penalty, the team gets to go to the back of the inspection line and try again.
2 inspection failures: If a team fails twice, NASCAR will eject a crew member and they drop to the rear.
3 inspection failures: All of the above. They’ll also serve a pass-through penalty at the start of the race.