Before Sunday’s Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Official sent Jimmie Johnson to the rear based on failing pre race inspection. NASCAR’s rule is you fail pre race inspection 3 times you start from the rear. Upon further review the #48 failed inspection twice. Crew Chief Chad Knaus made every attempt possible to relay to NASCAR that they did not fail 3 times but by then the race was about underway. Later NASCAR indeed found out the mistake made by NASCAR officials.
NASCAR Executive Vice President
Steve O’Donnell: “there was a communication breakdown” between inspection officials and racing control.”
“There was an assumption there was a third failure,” O’Donnell said outside the NASCAR hauler following Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway. “There wasn’t. There were only two. In that case, the 48 should not have started in the back.”
Many NASCAR media outlets gave their take on NASCAR’s “mistake”. But what is really concerning is when you have the TV Network like NBC/NBCSN paid little to no attention to this big mistake by NASCAR.
The sport of NASCAR is already in trouble with extreme decline in attendance and decline in TV viewership. The fact that NASCAR can enforce rules upon their own discretion is very concerning. We shall see what “procedure” NASCAR puts in place to make sure this never happens again.
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Winning car car owner Tony Stewart added his input on NASCAR’s mistake.
"It's the only series in the world where you get to go through tech three times and fail twice, and they still let you go through a third time," Stewart-Haas Racing team owner Tony Stewart said. "We've got to figure it out. We've got to make it simpler than this. It shouldn't be this difficult.
”Half the time, you don't know what the penalty is supposed to be. I'm a car owner, and I don't know what the penalty is supposed to be, so I don't know how fans can keep up with it. If you start rolling cars through one time, and they don't pass, and they go to the back, there would be a lot less cars fail tech the next week." -Tony Stewart.
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