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NASCAR Cup: streamlined inspection process rolled out ahead of 2018

The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet of Kyle Larson undergoes pre-race inspection at Martinsville Speedway on April 2, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet of Kyle Larson undergoes pre-race inspection at Martinsville Speedway on April 2, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Some Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will get a preview of changes to the inspection process for 2018 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., ahead of Sunday’s Nickelodeon Tales of the Turtles 400. NASCAR has revamped its inspection process for next season in an effort to streamline it.

The 16 teams in the playoffs, set to start Sunday at Chicagoland, will go through the regular 2017 inspection process instead of next year’s though, as NASCAR doesn’t want to introduce changes to those teams during its 10-race playoffs.

Next year’s inspection process will consist of three stations, down from the current five. Those three stations will be engines, chassis and templates/LIS (laser inspection station). The templates/LIS station will be in an enclosed structure that will contain at least 17 high-definition black and white cameras and eight projectors. Body conformity, weights and skew of the car will be inspected in the structure.

The entire bodies of cars will be scanned in the templates/LIS station and reports from those scans will go to both NASCAR and race teams. Scans will be color-coded, with green being good and red bad. Further inspections may be conducted on areas of cars that show up red in scans.

Cars are expected to be in the templates/LIS station for fewer than 90 seconds, down from the three minutes it takes to roll through the comparable portion of the current inspection. Overall inspection for each car is expected to take four minutes, down from the 12 minutes it takes for cars to get through the entire current inspection process.

Plans are for the new process to be implemented in the Cup Series, only, but it may be implemented in the Xfinity Series down the road.

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