Inspection Issues Slow Top Teams

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Car owner Richard Childress (center) talks with NASCAR's Robin Pemberton after Ty Dillon's car failed to pass inspection before qualifying ended. (Photo: Dustin Long)

FORT Worth, Texas - For the second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide race, Kyle Busch failed to get through pre-qualifying inspection and will have to start at the rear of the field for tonight’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch, though, isn’t alone. Ty Dillon, Kyle Larson and Chris Buescher also will have to start at the rear for failing to get through inspection before the first session of qualifying ended.

Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition, said 17 cars failed their first attempt in pre-qualifying inspection with most of the issues related to rear camber or rear toe. Among those that got through inspection late but were still able to make a qualifying attempt were Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney. Harvick won the pole with a lap of 184.903 mph. Matt Kenseth starts second. Regan Smith will start third with Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Elliott Sadler fifth. Blaney qualified ninth.

Two weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway, Busch failed to make a lap in qualifying because he did not get through inspection in time. Friday’s problem was something different but still left Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens frustrated.

“I don’t know what to do different,’’ Stevens said. “We have no way to add camber without getting out torches and getting out hydraulic presses. Obviously, we passed opening inspection.’’

Pemberton said a “vast number of the same teams” had similar issues in pre-event inspection Thursday.

Asked if series officials had confidence in the laser platform - this is the first year it has been used in the Nationwide Series - Pemberton said: “We do. We’ve got two years in it in the Cup side. It’s a new system that takes some time to get used to and adjust on. It’s something we have to use moving forward. When we have rules that are new and we have a different way of measuring things over the history of the sport, generally you have more issues up front and situations like this.’’

 

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Lilly Diabetes 250

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Saturday, July 26, 2014
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