NASCAR Cup: Light shed on ‘encumbered’ finish
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By AMANDA VINCENT
With NASCAR’s recent announcement of changes to post-race laser inspection failure penalties, the word “encumbered” entered the NASCAR vernacular. On Thursday, the sanctioning body distributed a bulletin that listed some possible infractions that could be considered as encumbering a race finish, and therefore, resulting in P4 or higher penalties, including the loss of race-winning privileges, such as automatic advancement to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup (or chases for the other two national series).
Possible infractions that may be considered to result in an encumbered finish, and therefore, possibly call for a P4 or higher penalty include, but are not limited to:
A.) post-race ground clearance and/or body heights measurements not within NASCAR specifications
B.) failure to meet post-race minimum weight requirements
C.) All in-race or post-race P5 or P6 penealty violations