NASCAR officials disqualified the fourth-place finishing Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota of Erik Jones for failing post-race inspection after Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway.
Jones started 16th in the race and crossed the finish line in fourth behind his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates. Following the disqualification, he will now be bumped down to 38th place. The No. 20 Toyota will be sent to the R&D center for additional review from NASCAR.
“Standard procedure post‑race in the playoffs, we run every car through the OSS and then we do a post‑race inspection on first, second, and then generally a random,” said Jay Fabian, managing director of the Monster Energy Cup Series. “The 20 car failed the OSS on the run‑through on the standard post‑race inspection.”
The fifth-place car was Brad Keselowski, he will now be credited with a fourth-place finish.
This will also mark the first time in 2019 that a Cup car has failed post-race inspection.
“I think obviously as the pressure mounts and the season goes on, it doesn’t surprise me to see them pushing a little further and trying to get a little more out of their stuff,” Fabian said.”And like I say, sometimes it just crosses that line a little bit, and that’s all you need to fail.”
Jones will only earn one point tonight and now he will be 45 points below the cutline and is in a must win situation with one race to go in the opening round of the playoffs.