In a weird scene Friday at Auto Membership Speedway, 13 of the 37 cars on the entry listing failed their Monster Power NASCAR Cup prequalifying inspection.
Whereas that puzzled and perhaps amused some followers, NASCAR senior vice chairman of competitors Scott Miller had a totally different response.
“The large situation is the cars aren’t authorized,” Miller stated (by way of ESPN). “That is actually the place the difficulty begins. … It one hundred pc frustrates me. We’re within the enterprise of placing on a present for everyone that watches our sport, and that is not a great story.”
The cars in query for probably the most half failed the optical scanning inspection NASCAR launched this yr to examine for physique compliance. These drivers will now line up on the rear of the sector for Sunday’s race ranked by factors. Denny Hamlin will begin twenty fifth, adopted by Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Timmy Hill, Ross Chastain and Cole Whitt.
The qualifying challenge pressured NASCAR to tweak a rule for Sunday’s race. As a result of these 13 cars did not run qualifying Friday, they might have had an unfair benefit beginning Sunday’s race on recent tires. NASCAR introduced late Friday that the opposite 24 groups can be allowed to start out the race on sticker tires.
Protection of the Auto Membership four hundred begins at three:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday on Fox.