NASCAR inspection issues ahead of Daytona 500 qualifying
Tonight, the NASCAR Cup Series takes to the track for the first time in 2023. The season opens with Daytona 500 qualifying.
View Daytona inspection issues below.
Qualifying is run in single-car laps around the 2.5-mile oval. The top two from qualifying lockout the front row for the Daytona 500. This session also sets the starting lineups for the Duel races.
After multiple cars failed tech inspection, officials discovered an error in OSS inspection.
In addition to this being the first time cars will touch the track, NASCAR officials elected to modify the penalty as many teams failed inspection more than twice.
Failed 1st Attempt Through Inspection : Noah Gragson, Cody Ware, Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, Todd Gilliland, Justin Haley, Corey LaJoie, Ryan Blaney, Michael McDowell, Riley Herbst, AJ Allmendinger, Ty Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Chandler Smith, Chris Buescher, Martin Truex Jr, Bubba Wallace, Austin Hill, Zane Smtih, Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin and William Byron.
Failed 2nd Attempt Through Inspection : Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell and William Byron
However, they won’t be penalized.
They allowed teams three times to pass inspection, without a penalty. Previously, two failures would have brought a penalty. NASCAR adjusted the rule due to the OSS error.
Inspection is ongoing. This post will be updated if any team fails on their 3rd attempt.
Conor Daly is attempting to qualify for the Daytona 500. He’s running the No. 50 for The Money Team Racing.
However, the team suffered from an electrical issue that burner a hole in the oil line. If the team is unable to get it to the grid for qualifying they will start at the tail of the Duel.
The following penalties were announced ahead of the race:
Crew member of NASCAR’s choosing ejected (crew member cannot be replaced). Additionally, the team loses pit selection.
Not permitted to qualify plus above penalty.