NASCAR Cup: consider teams warned
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By AMANDA VINCENT
A few days after announcing changes in the penalties handed down for post-race laser inspection infractions, NASCAR addressed the issue of drivers/teams attempting to “circumvent what happens for post-race inspection” during the drivers’ meeting Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, prior to that day’s Bad Boy Off Road 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
“I want to make clear to everybody here that in NASCAR’s judgment, any measures that are taken to circumvent what happens for post-race inspection, we’re going to react,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said as he addressed those in attendance at the meeting. “We know that’s subjective, but ask all of you not to put it in our hands, because we will react if we have to. I think everybody knows what that means.”
The instruction seemed to come, for the most part, as a result of drivers swerving their cars back-and-forth during post-race cool-down laps in attempts to get their cars back within NASCAR’s tolerance specifications in order to pass post-race laser inspections. Specifically, the goal was to return the rear toe of race cars to within NASCAR’s allowable tolerance.