By AMANDA VINCENT
Three Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams has an issue getting through pre-race inspection before Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth. The splitters on the No. 11 Toyota of Denny Hamlin, the No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch and the No. 19 Toyota of Carl Edwards were all too thick. The teams replaced their splitters, as the problemsome ones were confiscated by NASCAR.
According to a report by FOX Sports, the splitter issue was similar to one with the splitters of the Team Penske cars — the No. 2 Ford of Brad Keselowski and the No. 22 Ford of Joey Logano — at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in August, but slightly different.
The remaining JGR entry, the No. 20 normally driven by Matt Kenseth but driven at Texas by Erik Jones while Kenseth serves a two-race suspension, cleared inspection without issue.
“Opening and qualifying inspection it was fine and then today it wasn’t fine,” Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens said, according to the FOX report. “That’s the way I understand it, so I don’t know if they changed the way they’re inspecting, but it’s not fine today and we had to change it.”
If penalties are issued, they probably will be announced Tuesday or Wednesday. Team Penske wasn’t penalized after its issue at MIS.
Busch and Edwards finished in the top-five at Texas, with Busch finishing fourth and Edwards fifth. Hamlin suffered through a mechanical issue, and therefore, wound up 38th, several laps down.
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