NASCAR issues memo about inspection process

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director Richard Buck sent a memo to teams Wednesday that formalized penalties for failing to pass inspection at the start of the race weekend, before qualifying and before the race. In a memo acquired by NBC Sports, Buck wrote to teams: "Based on the data that we have collected thus far in 2015, we have identified several trends. One trend in particular highlights the failure rate during inspections. In an effort to ensure all competitors an equal and fair opportunity to participate, we will be implementing the following:"

  • All cars must pass initial inspection and receive a final sticker to be eligible to practice.
  • Cars that fail qualifying inspection twice will receive a written warning.
  • Cars that fail qualifying inspection three times also will be penalized 15 minutes of practice time at the next event.
  • Cars that fail pre-race inspection twice will receive a written warning.
  • Cars that fail pre-race inspection three times also will be penalized 15 minutes of practice time at the next event.

Buck wrote in the memo: "Based on the above, there WOULD HAVE BEEN 9 written warnings issued at Bristol and an additional 3 competitors that would have received time penalties." NASCAR's rule book states that multiple warnings to the same member or team can lead to a P1 penalty. NBC Sports

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