By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Speed Sport, NASCAR has announced on Monday that if you fail a post-race inspection — and you won the race — you will be disqualified. This will go into effect immediately in all three series.
The driver — if they failed post-race inspection as the winner —will no longer be credited the winner. Instead, they will lose all the benefits of the win from points, finishing position, and prize money.
“We’re changing the culture,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said. “We’ve tried to do one way and it hasn’t worked.”
The post-race inspection will be made at the track following an event. Previously, it was made in the middle of the week at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C.
There will be inspections for the first-place winner, along with second-place runner-up. There will be also a random vehicle that will be inspected. Of those three cars, if they fail inspection, they will be put in last-place finish position.
The other drivers, depending on their finishing position, would then move up. Not only will this happen during the final stage, but it will also impact the first two stages, as well.
This new inspection can take anywhere between 90 minutes to two hours after the race.
“Our industry understands the need to focus on what happens on the race track,” O’Donnell said. “We cannot allow inspection and penalties to continue to be a prolonged stroyline. Race vehicles are expected to adhere to the rule book from the opening of the garage to the checkered flag.”
Last season there were five penalties handed out after races in the first three months of the season, mostly notably for rear-window violations. Then, in the postseason, Kevin Harvick failed for an illegal spoiler following his win at Texas Motor Speedway.
This would be the first-time a driver will be disqualified for cheating.
“Times have changed,” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Managing Director Jay Fabian said. “There’s always been different thoughts on what the right way is to do it. … We want to be able to avoid the Tuesday, Wednesday announcements of penalties. We want to take that story line away and we’ve got to be rid of all that.
“It’s up to the teams to behave the right way and if they don’t, they’ll get a DQ and we’ve move forward from that on a Sunday or Saturday — whenever we race — instead of a Tuesday or Wednesday.”
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