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NASCAR expected to change penalties for pre-qualifying inspection issues

FONTANA, CA – MARCH 17: Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 GameStop/Turtle Beach Toyota, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Xfinity Series Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway on March 17, 2018 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

When 13 of the 37 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entries for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., failed to get through pre-qualifying inspection, resulting in only 24 cars making laps during Friday’s qualifying session, NASCAR, at least temporarily, modified its rules, allowing teams that made qualifying attempts purchase an extra set of tires with which to start the race, instead of starting Sunday’s race on their qualifying tires.

On a track as abrasive and wide as ACS, those who didn’t qualify would’ve started on new tires, since they didn’t make laps in qualifying, giving them advantage of those who followed the rules and got through inspection to qualify, despite starting in the second half of the starting grid.

Also, NASCAR changed things up for the Xfinity Series, ahead of its qualifying and racing at ACS on Saturday. Prior to that series’ qualifying session, NASCAR announced that Xfinity Series teams that didn’t participate in qualifying as a result of inspection problems would be assessed a pass-through penalty on the first green-flag lap of the race.

All 40 Xfinity Series entries passed inspection and made qualifying attempts Saturday.

Prior to the Auto Club Speedway race weekend, penalties for pre-qualifying inspection issues only included starting races in the back and losing practice time, but, according to an ESPN report, the stipulation placed on Xfinity Series teams at ACS — the pass-through penalty on lap one — is expected to stick for all three of NASCAR’s national series, also including the Camping World Truck Series, beginning with the March 23-25 weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. No official announcement has come from NASCAR, yet, though.

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