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By: Kelly Crandall | February 4, 2019 12:05 PM NASCAR is changing its post-race inspection model for all three national series to include a more immediate process – which includes disqualifying a winning car or truck that violates the rulebook.Under the changes announced Monday, post-race inspection will now be done at the track after the completion of a race, rather than waiting until mid-week at the NASCAR R&D Center.

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Race-winning teams who are found in major violation of the rulebook will be disqualified (moved to last in the finishing order), receive last-place points, no stage points, and last-place prize money. The team will also lose all benefits that come with a win, such as playoff eligibility or advancement in the playoffs should an inspection failure occur in the post-season.NASCAR estimates post-race inspection will take 90 minutes. All three national series will operate under this policy.The first- and second-place finishers will go through post-race inspection as well as a randomly selected car. NASCAR believes the randomly selected car will often be the third-place finisher.If the race-winning car is disqualified, and the second-place car clears inspection, the second-place team will be declared the winner and receive all benefits of the win. Such a decision would also be reflected in the record books.When it comes to the second-place finisher, if that car were the only one to fail inspection and be disqualified, the rest of the finishing order would move up.“Our industry understands the need to focus on what happens on the racetrack,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of competition and racing development. “We cannot allow inspection and penalties to continue to be a prolonged storyline. Race vehicles are expected to adhere to the rulebook from the opening of the garage to the checkered flag.”Under this policy, Kevin Harvick would have been stripped of his wins at Las Vegas and Texas last season. The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was found to have a rear window violation at the R&D Center after Las Vegas and a modified spoiler following Texas.NASCAR said it will continue to take a random car to the R&D Center, but penalties will likely not be issues. Instead, officials will look for trends and other issues and share information they learn with the garage.The last known NASCAR disqualification came in April 1960 at Wilson (N.C.) Speedway, when Emanuel Zervakis won the race but was moved to last place following a violation for an oversized fuel tank. Joe Weatherly was declared the winner.
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By: Kelly Crandall | February 5, 2019 11:31 AM Justice will be served in NASCAR this season.At first read, that might sound a little absurd in the context of a sporting event. But when it comes to violators in NASCAR no longer keeping the spoils of a victory, it seems an appropriate summation. If you need another, the following statement from NASCAR’s Steve O’Donnell should be perfectly clear: “If you are illegal, you don’t win the race,” the executive vice president of competition and racing development said.Officials announced Monday they would start disqualifying race-winning teams that fail post-race inspection due to major violations. It is the next step in hopes of stopping what had become a significant week-to-week conversation not centered on the racing.No more mid-week penalties. So long to debating whether a win is tainted, and if an asterisk should appear in the record books. We have officially killed off the word ‘encumbered’ and taken back our Tuesdays and Wednesdays by not having to sit around waiting for a penalty report that rarely had substantial consequences. No more columns, like this one, calling for NASCAR to be stronger and to clean up the inspection mess.Beginning this year, penalties will matter and will be as clear as ever. A car is going to pass inspection with the team taking home the trophy, the points and the pride of winning right, or it is going to fail and be remembered as having crossed the finish line first but left with nothing to show for it. Zip. Zilch. Nada. OK, they will get one measly point for finishing last. Enjoy! Amen. Halleluiah. It’s about time. Can I get a hell yeah?NASCAR had long-stated that fans should leave the racetrack knowing who won the race. It was why officials had been hesitant to take wins away the past few decades. In the Cup Series, a victory been stripped because of a rulebook violation since the 1960s.But with rampant inspection issues and conversations about the integrity of race wins continually mounting, NASCAR’s frustrations, along those of the rest of us, had reached a point on Monday where they finally admitted that what they were doing wasn’t working. So, disqualifications were the only next logical step.Officials are looking at a 90-minute post-race inspection process to occur for the first, second and a randomly selected car. Expect that random car to often be the third-place finisher, so that if the top two cars fail like Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney did last fall in Texas, next in line is declared the winner. All three national series will operate under this new policy.“Inspection is going to be open all the time,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition. “With the inspectors in the garage, we will be inspecting cars all the time. It won’t be just during the official inspections. When we find something wrong—and it’s been in the rule book, but we’re going to use it this year—if you bring illegal parts, and we make you take them off, you’re going to be issued an L1 penalty right there at the race track.“We have to stop this. We tried to do it a little softer, but it didn’t work, so we’re going to try a new approach. You can’t unload your car with illegal stuff on it – period.”Show up legal or don’t bother showing up at all. Being disqualified from the race win wipes everything away anyway, as if that driver and team weren’t even there. No more, “X driver won the race but will not keep the benefits of it” in the news cycle. It was a ridiculous notion to begin with and had to have made NASCAR look pathetic to outsiders.Did “insert driver here” win at Daytona or Atlanta or Las Vegas? Yes, he did. Or no he didn’t because his car wasn’t legal. It’s easy to understand. It’s the basic form of competition. It’s the rule we should have had all along, but better late than never. Punishment like this is worth it.
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Zack Albert NASCAR.com February 4, 2019 at 1:54 pmNASCAR competition officials announced Monday that post-race inspection for all three national series will have a new model for 2019, introducing a system where race-winning teams found in violation of the rule book would

be disqualified.The rules change signals a shift in a long-standing tradition of penalizing an offending race winner with fines, suspensions and/or points deductions, but allowing victories to stand. The new system also accelerates the timetable for thorough post-race technical

inspections, which will now be conducted at the track soon after the checkered flag instead of midweek at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina.“I think for us, we’re really looking at a total culture change,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR

Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. “We’ve been through a deterrence model where we’ve really worked with the race teams at the track and probably been more lenient than we should in terms of the number of times teams can go through inspection and

pass, fail and there’s almost incentive to try to get something by NASCAR, so we want to really reverse that trend.“We’re going to put it on the teams to bring their equipment right. When they come to the track, we’ll be much less lenient as they go through technical inspection with
stiffer penalties in terms of qualifying, and then ultimately during the race, obviously we want everyone to be racing straight up.

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The cars of the first-place and second-place finishers, plus at least one randomly selected car, will undergo post-race inspection at the track. Competition officials said they are targeting a time frame of approximately 90 minutes to two hours to complete the inspection and confirm the

race winner.Should one of those cars fail the post-race inspection, the driver and team would receive last-place points and the rest of the finishing order would move up. Disqualified teams also would be stripped of the benefits of playoff points, stage points and automatic

postseason berths and playoff advancement.The shift in rules marks a distinct break from a longstanding, unwritten company policy. Series organizers have avoided taking wins away for decades, adhering to a belief that fans should leave the race track with an assurance that the

first finisher was indeed the winner.Current-day officials acknowledged that break in tradition, saying that a goal of the new procedures was to accelerate the inspection process and avoid the potential pall that midweek penalties can cast over both the previous week’s result and the
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“Times have changed. We’ve moved forward with a lot of things,” said Jay Fabian, who was named the new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series managing director on Jan. 16. “There’s always been different thoughts on what the right way is to do it and it’s migrated to saying, hey,

we really need to do this as more of a real-time thing and make sure it’s right post-race and move on with it from the weekend.“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.

So it’s up to the teams to behave the right way and if they don’t, they’ll get a DQ and we’ll move forward from that on a Sunday or Saturday whenever we race instead of a Tuesday or Wednesday.”Said O’Donnell: “I think it’s evolved over time as you look at it. Certainly we wanted to

declare a winner at the track, but what was happening was a potential negative story line that just stayed with the sport and really for the fan base for too long. So with the ability now with Jay Fabian coming into the director’s seat, and we have the capabilities to conduct a thorough

post-race inspection at track and do it in a somewhat efficient timeline and still be able to declare that winner that night, put it to bed, celebrate that winner and go on from there.”NASCAR’s history of disqualifying drivers can be traced all the way back to the first race for the

Monster Energy Series (then called Strictly Stock) in 1949. Jim Roper was declared the winner at the old Charlotte Speedway after the car of apparent first-place driver Glenn Dunaway was found with illegal springs.Last year, a rash of five penalties in the first three months of the

season were issued for rear-window modifications. That outbreak prompted Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, to indicate that the sanctioning body was exploring harsher punishment for such violations.The Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 team drew the

heaviest penalty of last season after an illegal rear spoiler was found on Kevin Harvick’s race-winning car from Texas. That infraction became a headline-grabbing story line with two races left in the playoffs, something Miller said the sanctioning body hopes to avoid this season.

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“I don’t know that our hand was necessarily forced,” Miller says, “but really and truly a lot of the team owners, we have this culture of playing these cat-and-mouse games between us and the teams, and that’s really kind of a lot of wasted energy on both sides of the fence and I think

that the best way for us to get our arms around that is to have a little bit stiffer deterrent.“Then there was also, I think every time we had a penalty on Wednesday, there seemed to be an outcry from a lot of the fans about how can you not take the win away if there was something

wrong with the car, so I think there’s a lot of factors that went into us moving in this direction for this season. But I think it’s been, as you’ve probably seen, it seems to be pretty well received so far with most all of the industry.“They kind of asked for it, and it was time. Definitely a

departure for us, but times change and I think this is just one of those things of us changing with the times.”Miller and Fabian said NASCAR will continue to focus on certain “hot” areas of vehicles in inspection, including parts and components designed to fail over the course of a race

to gain an advantage. Elton Sawyer, NASCAR’s Vice President of Officiating and Technical Inspection, said officials still will inspect cars at the R&D Center to explore trends as teams search for gray areas in the rule book.

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Sawyer said the potential for penalties to emerge from the R&D Center still is a possibility, but that likelihood is remote with at-track inspection becoming more rigorous. Sawyer also indicated penalties still will be classified as either L1 and L2, following a structure that was

introduced before the 2017 season.“I think the positive was that disqualification, it’s really clean,” Sawyer said. “It’s simple. Our fans will understand it. It won’t be that someone won the race and had an L1 or L2 and they get no benefit from it, but the second place, third place

and fourth place on down, they were somewhat penalized. They basically ran second, third or fourth to a vehicle that was not in compliance to the rule book.”According to a survey of NASCAR statistics, the most recent instance of a premier series driver’s disqualification from the

finishing order came Oct. 7, 1973, in the National 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Team owner Nord Krauskopf ordered driver Buddy Baker to park his No. 71 Dodge nearly 100 laps short of the finish, saying carburetor rules had made the car uncompetitive. Krauskopf refused to let

NASCAR officials inspect the car, resulting in the DQ.The last known disqualification of a race winner in NASCAR’s top series came April 17, 1960, at Wilson (N.C.) Speedway. Apparent winner Emanuel Zervakis was demoted to last place after his car was found with an oversized fuel tank. NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Weatherly was elevated to first place, credited with leading one lap.
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By: Kelly Crandall 19 minutes ago The question was asked in jest, but Ty Dillon was serious with his answer.The Germain Racing driver was asked to “get it out of his system” about how excited he is for a new NASCAR Cup Series season. Every year, “excited” is the drinking word in the media, so frequently is it thrown around by drivers and teams. But Dillon didn’t blink when he said he actually is excited.“This season has a little bit different feel for me,” said Dillon. “The opportunity is massive for us. I think this is a big year for us in general.”Oh, to be clear Dillon is excited because of the rules package NASCAR has rolled for this season, and he’s ready to take advantage of it.

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Dillon believes the new rules will suit his aggressive nature. He pointed to a test where he said he was able to do things with his car that couldn’t be done in the past. He was also able to get behind Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, brother Austin and Clint Bowyer, and pass all of them.“I think this package allows me to show some of my aggressiveness,” Dillon said. “I think that mixing this opportunity with the way these restarts are looking like they’re going to be, fits my aggressive style. I’m super-pumped to get this season started. I think this season is going to be a great one for us.“We were able to do things that we just didn’t have the muscle in our car in the past to do, that I could kind of show off a little bit. Sometimes, when you don’t have that speed … you’re kind of playing defense that whole time, and that’s not the way you want to be as a driver. You want to be aggressive. You want to be on the offensive side.”Dillon and crew chief Matt Borland worked on their communication during the offseason, and the organization moved its shop from Mooresville to Welcome, North Carolina. Germain is now situated on the campus of alliance partner Richard Childress Racing.Being closer is going to force both sides to communicate better. There is intermingling now, and access to things is quicker. Instead of dedicating a whole day traveling to the RCR campus, it’s now a short walk over to another building to get something done. “When I’m at the shop, they’re all telling me this is going to work; this is better,” said Dillon.So the excitement and expectation of a good year is there, but what results will come from it? The answer, according to Dillon, is wins – lofty goal for a team with just one top-five finish in its history (Casey Mears in the 2014 July Daytona race) and eight top-10 finishes. Dillon has finished in the top 10 just twice in his career, the most recent being last weekend in the Daytona 500.“It’s not crazy,” Dillon said. “You look at my rookie season at Daytona in the July race and I was leading with (a few laps) to go. Then you look at Dover; … led (27) laps. Now if we would have led two laps and gotten blown away I would have said that was a fluke. But we showed in that opportunity that we can win a race, we were right there.“I think we’re better than where we were my rookie year as a team, and in a better spot with this package and our race cars, and I just think these aggressive style of restarts and the way these races are going to play out and be a little bit different, we’re going to have a lot of opportunity for me to go up and flex my muscle and win races.”
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CRANDALL: Whatever else changes, Atlanta is still Atlanta

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By: Kelly Crandall | 20 hours ago Atlanta is still Atlanta, just as expected.Although NASCAR rolled out part of its 2019 rules package last weekend, the difference was hardly a slap in the face. The 21-year-old racing surface continued to abuse tires and force drivers to wrestle their cars. Atlanta will be one of the five races (along with the two Pocono events, Darlington and Homestead) where the aero ducts will not be in play, because the track still demands heavy braking.But back to Sunday. Even with only part of the package in play, it made for 500 miles worth of questions. Drivers stressed the importance of not looking too much into the race before forming an opinion, partly because it’s week one without all the variables, but also Atlanta is unique. I would like to reiterate this point. With more mile-and-a-half races to come, let’s gather more data before completely freaking out.It’s hard to do though, right? Except that there really wasn’t much to learn from Atlanta. There were no glaring differences, even from the vantage point of watching over 200 laps watching from above the racetrack in the press box.In typical Atlanta fashion, drivers were all over the racetrack searching for the lane that felt best. The fast cars were still fast, with multiple drivers leading a good chunk of the race – Kyle Larson for 142 laps, Kevin Harvick for 45, Ryan Blaney for 41, Aric Almirola for 36, and so on. Yet no lead ever felt insurmountable, even though dirty air is still the most important thing in racing. You can again read driver reaction to that here.If pushed to identify something that stood out… well, there would be two. The first is how obvious momentum is going to be on restarts by keeping the engine wound up to power high through the corners and down the straightaways. On Sunday I watched those on the outside off a restart go through a corner so much stronger than those on the bottom lane to either gain the position, or rocket off the corner with a run down the backstretch. Restarts have always been important, and drivers are expecting that to be even more so this season.The second was that through the field, the gap appeared closer than normal early in runs. Sure, the field still got strung out, but again, maybe not as spaced apart as year’s past. Is the package the reason? Only time will tell because Atlanta was the same old, and that was still entertaining.“You have to remember, this is a one-off race,” said Clint Bowyer. “There is no track that we go to any more that is as slick as this and as hard on tires. It will be interesting to see what Las Vegas brings.”
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By: Kelly Crandall March 3, 2019 7:18 PM Steve O’Donnell once again broached the subject of the new, much-talked-about NASCAR Cup Series rules package following a Sunday afternoon race — this time right after the Pennzoil 400-miler in Las Vegas.The NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer said that what he saw in the race was “directionally better,” but as a race fan first, O’Donnell is still not satisfied.The Las Vegas race was the debut of the full 2019 package, complete with the front aero ducts.“I would say if you looked at the first stage then the last two, you saw almost two different races,” said O’Donnell. “What we said right from the beginning was we wanted to see the best cars still win. We wanted the ability … if you look up in Turn 2 or Turn 3 during a run, you want to see the leader and the ability for second or third to be in the frame with the ability to pass.
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“We saw that today. You certainly saw that in the last stage — a 100-lap green flag run with no cautions, top four within 2.5 seconds.”There were no cautions Sunday afternoon aside from the stage breaks. Statistics released after the race revealed there was 47 green flag passes for the lead (at all points on the track) and 3,345 total green flag passes. Both are the most ever for a Las Vegas race.

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“You never forecast a caution-free race other than the stages, but that’s what you had,” O’Donnell continued. “You had cars sticking together for a longer period on restart, and then, what we really wanted on an intermediate track was, if you had a long green flag run, the ability to make a pass all during that stretch — what you saw in Stage 1 versus Stages 2 and 3. “It was good to see guys come up through the pack and make passes for the lead, but there’s still work to do.

“It’s early. Three races, three different winners. We’ll take this one and head to Phoenix.”O’Donnell said ultimately NASCAR will need to analyze a whole season’s worth of racing. However, just three weeks in, he does feel there has been an improvement over where the series was last year. On what more he needs to see to be satisfied, O’Donnell said it’s not really up to him.“It’s the fans,” he said. “You want higher ratings, and you want more butts in seats ultimately. You want rivalries out there and drivers getting after it, and I think what happens in that situation is you have more passes for the lead, and cars closer together. “We’re on the march to do all of that. I think we saw some of that today, but we can and will continue to improve.”
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Staff Report NASCAR.com March 6, 2019 at 1:18 pmThe Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to ISM Raceway this weekend for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Teams will have to adjust from their first two races with

the 2019 rules package in Atlanta and Las Vegas to this weekend’s stint in Phoenix, where a different-sized tapered spacer — and no aero ducts — are on display for the first time this year.ISM Raceway has an idiosyncratic layout where it’s nice to have a fast car — but a fast car

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Keeping up-to-date with the rules

In October, NASCAR officials unveiled a new rules package that would be incorporated into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, featuring a car with higher downforce and lower horsepower to develop

closer racing.The different packages are tailored to the specific tracks on the Monster Energy Series circuit. On the larger tracks, including superspeedways, cars will use a .922-inch tapered spacer to reduce horsepower and a larger spoiler to add roughly 50 percent more downforce. At tracks shorter than 1.33 miles and at road courses, the Cup cars will use a 1.17-inch tapered spacer, with engines expected to generate roughly 750 horsepower.This week’s configuration of a 1.17-inch tapered spacer with no aero ducts will be used in 14 events this year — mostly on shorter tracks and road courses. Cars will feature traditional brake ducts, not aero ducts, at Phoenix and because tracks like this

require heavier braking and additional cooling.

Tapered spacers, aero ducts and spoilers — oh my

Beyond the tapered spacers and ducts, the baseline aero elements of the 2019 rules package are a taller 8-inch by 61-inch rear spoiler, a larger front splitter with a 2-inch overhang,

and a wider radiator pan that measures 37 inches wide in the front tapering to 31 inches at the rear. Those base changes will be in place at every race season with the intent of adding downforce to stabilize handling, a break from a trend of downforce reduction from 2015-18.“For us, it’s really a focus on getting back to a true focus on the drivers and what NASCAR is all about — close side-by-side racing and trying to

deliver more of that,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said when the rules were announced last year.

Good(year) times

Monster Energy and Xfinity Series teams are going from a 1.5-mile track to a 1-mile desert oval and
they will be under a lot of (air) pressure with the new rules package at ISM Raceway. This will be the first race with the 1.17-inch tapered spacer that produces more horsepower. Phoenix is a smoother surface, but is one of the more unique and challenging tracks on the circuit. It

differs from other shorter tracks in that aerodynamics will play a more vital role.ISM Raceway has three distinct corners with a lack of banking, so aerodynamics are more relevant. With this rules package being high-downforce, high-horsepower, the combination should result

in higher speeds and increased tire loading, making the level of air pressure a very important factor.“Teams will be under a new rules package this week at Phoenix, with all the new aerodynamic elements, but with more horsepower than they’ve had over the past couple weeks,” said

Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s Director of Racing. “When we tested on this package at Phoenix last fall, teams were considerably faster than we’ve seen in recent years.“With the extra downforce versus the 2018 rules package, much of that speed comes through the corners, which

generates higher loading on the tires. Teams will need to be mindful of our recommended air pressures as they develop their set-ups to optimize grip. Running below our minimums can cause the sidewall of the tire to flex more and over-deflect, generating more heat, higher wear

and fall-off, and even damaging the tire to the point of air loss. Finding that balance will be key.”There will be a brand-new tire compound debuting at Phoenix. Teams in both series will run the same tire compound at ISM Raceway this weekend. This is the first time either of the

two Goodyear tire codes will be run. The left-side tire features a construction update that Goodyear will begin displaying at many more tracks this season, while the right-side tire features a compound change designed to introduce more tire wear and run cooler. Phoenix is the only

track where either of these two tires codes are scheduled to run.There was a tire test in Phoenix last year (Oct. 2-3) with this tire combination. Drivers Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson and Paul Menard were among those at the test. Similar to other NASCAR ovals that are one mile or less in length, they will not run liners in their tires at Phoenix this weekend.
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Staff Report NASCAR.com February 10, 2019 at 12:27 pmThree car chiefs were ejected from Daytona Speedweeks on Sunday, following their respective cars failing pre-qualifying inspection twice in advance of the Daytona 500 next weekend.The No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of driver Chase Elliott, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Austin Dillon and No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet of Ty Dillon failed pre-qualifying inspection twice, leading to their respective car chiefs being ejected.REWATCH:
Sunday was the start of NASCAR’s 2019 deterrence model, and the results were felt early. Previously, a car chief was not ejected unless a team failed inspection three times. This year, it’s two. Additionally, all three teams were docked 15 minutes of practice time.Last month NASCAR introduced a system where race-winning teams found in violation of the rule book post-race would be disqualified. Additionally, post-race inspection is done at track following the event, with penalties — if any — handed out then instead of following a mid-week teardown at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina.
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Staff Report NASCAR.com March 10, 2019 at 8:47 pmThe race-winning Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota of driver Kyle Busch has passed inspection at ISM Raceway, with only a lug-nut violation found in a post-race check.The No. 18 entry was found with a single lug-nut not safe

and secure after Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500. Under the guidelines in the 2019 NASCAR Rule Book, the minor infraction should result in a fine for crew chief Adam Stevens. The car was otherwise compliant with NASCAR’s rules, and the victory will stand

RELATED: Kyle Busch ices Phoenix win | Race results

With the post-race teardown complete, the race results are official.The post-race process is part of a new, more timely approach to inspection for all three NASCAR national series. Competition officials announced in February that thorough post-race inspections would take place

shortly after the checkered flag at the track instead of midweek at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina.Those inspections come with a stiffer deterrence structure that includes disqualification for significant rules infractions — “a total

culture change,” according to Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. In the past, race-winning teams found in violation of the rules were penalized with post-race fines, points deductions and/or suspensions, but victories were

allowed to stand.Competition officials introduced the quicker post-race inspection timetable in an effort to make the results official on race day, aiming for a 90-minute target time frame to complete their scrutiny. The new post-race inspection process was also designed to deal with

potential violations more promptly, avoiding any midweek news that might cloud the previous week’s results or the build-up to the following week’s event.NASCAR will still inspect cars and parts at the R&D Center as needed, but the more comprehensive at-track inspection will

take priority.According to NASCAR statistical archives, the last time a premier series driver was disqualified occurred in 1973, when early retiree Buddy Baker was demoted to last place in the National 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The last time an apparent race winner in

NASCAR’s top division was disqualified came on April 17, 1960, when Emanuel Zervakis’ victory at Wilson (N.C.) Speedway was thrown out because of an oversized fuel tank on his No. 85 Chevrolet.
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