Speedweeks Notes: 48 Cup Car Fails Inspection
The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports car was found to be illegal during inspection Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR confiscated the “C” posts from the Chevrolet that Jimmie Johnson will drive in the Feb. 26 Daytona 500.
“The 48 car had a body modification on it that was outside of what our tolerances are, what the original surface definitions for the body were,” Sprint Cup Series director John Darby told reporters. “There were some obvious modifications that the template inspectors picked up on and did some additional inspections with some gauges and stuff and found that they were just too far out of tolerance to fix.
“So they were removed from the car and I think the team is working now to get the correct pieces flown down here so they can get welded back in.”
A wreck during Friday’s practice for Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout damaged the cars of several top drivers and will force them into backup cars for the race.
Brothers Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch and Penske Racing teammates AJ Allmendinger and Brad Keselowski all were forced to backups after a pileup in turn four damaged their cars beyond repair.
Contact between the No. 14 Chevrolet of reigning Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and the No. 51 Chevy of Kurt Busch triggered the wreck. Though Stewart’s car also sustained serious damage, his team opted to try to repair the car rather than resort to a backup.
The Shootout drivers were drafting in a three-wide pack, with Stewart pushing Busch, when the driver of the No. 51 had to alter his line slightly to move around the No. 56 Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. Busch spun into the path of his brother, and Allmendinger and Keselowski were collected in the melee.
Stewart took the blame for starting the wreck.
“It was just a deal where Tony (Stewart) was trying to help,” Kurt Busch said. “And we were just trying to learn the draft and a couple of slow cars were emerging in front of us and I slid up to go around them and I thought it was smooth but I got turned around. So now we’ll just bring out the back-up. These guys have worked really hard to try to prepare as many cars as we can just to prepare for circumstances like this. There is just a lot of hard work and with the limited number of cars that we have, we just don’t need to have wrecked cars. But, thanks to Tag Heuer for jumping into the (Budweiser) Shootout. We’ll have our Tag Heuer car ready for tomorrow.”No Comment