The race-winning No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet has passed post-race inspection at Watkins Glen International with no issues, confirming Chase Ellottâs second victory of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was found to be compliant with the 2019 NASCAR Rule Book after Sundayâs GoBowling at The Glen. Only issue reported from post-race lug-nut check was one lug nut missing on the 26th-place No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota of Parker Kligerman.
With the post-race teardown complete, the race results are official. Competition officials are not taking any cars back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, this week for further evaluation.
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The post-race process is part of a new, more timely approach to inspection for all three NASCAR national series. Competition officials announced in February thorough post-race inspections would take place shortly after the checkered flag at the track instead of midweek at the NASCAR R&D Center.
Those inspections come with a stiffer deterrence structure that includes disqualification for significant rules infractions â âa total culture change,â said Steve OâDonnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. In the past, race-winning teams found in violation of the rules were penalized with post-race fines, points deductions and/or suspensions, but victories were allowed to stand.
Competition officials introduced the quicker post-race inspection timetable in an effort to make the results official on race day, aiming for a 90-minute target time frame to complete their scrutiny. The new post-race inspection process was also designed to deal with potential violations more promptly, avoiding any midweek news that might cloud the previous weekâs results or the build-up to the next weekâs event.
NASCAR will still inspect cars and parts for technology trends at the R&D Center as needed, but the more comprehensive at-track inspection will take priority.
The first NASCAR national-series organization to run afoul of the new inspection system was Niece Motorsports, which absorbed a disqualification June 16, stripping Ross Chastainâs No. 44 of an apparent Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory at Iowa Speedway. The first-finishing Niece truck failed to meet the minimum ride height, an infraction that was upheld after an appeal.
Three disqualifications have occurred in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since then: Christopher Bellâs third-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway was thrown out June 29 for a ride-height violation, AJ Allmendingerâs third-place result was nullified July 5 at Daytona International Speedway because of an engine infraction, and Allmendingerâs second-place finish at Watkins Glen on Saturday was disqualified because of a ride-height violation.
According to NASCAR statistical archives, the last time a premier series driver was disqualified occurred in 1973, when early retiree Buddy Baker was demoted to last place in the National 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The last time an apparent race winner in NASCARâs top division was disqualified came April 17, 1960, when Emanuel Zervakisâ victory at Wilson (N.C.) Speedway was thrown out because of an oversized fuel tank on his No. 85 Chevrolet.