No. 43 fails Talladega post-race inspection – Nascar
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The Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford driven by Aric Almirola to a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway failed post-race inspection, according to NASCAR officials.
Competition officials revealed Sunday evening that the No. 43 was not in compliance after its post-race pass through the Laser Inspection System (LIS). Such an infraction may result in a points penalty and a possible suspension for crew chief Drew Blickensderfer under the NASCAR deterrence system.
Almirola’s fourth-place finish matched a season-best for the No. 43 team, which notched its other top-five effort in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500.
Post-race inspection also revealed one missing lug nut on the Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7 Chevrolet, driven by Elliott Sadler to 17th place on Sunday. The infraction is likely to merit a $10,000 fine for crew chief Ken Davis, according to the deterrence policy.
The cars of the top three finishers are all scheduled for further inspection this week at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina:
— The Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford of race winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
— The Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet of runner-up Jamie McMurray
— The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota of third-place Kyle Busch