DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – It only took one race for the new rule changes to take place. Three car chiefs were ejected from Daytona Speedweeks on Sunday afternoon, following their respective cars failing pre-qualifying inspection twice in advance of the Daytona 500 next weekend.
The No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of driver Chase Elliott, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Austin Dillon and No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet of Ty Dillon failed pre-qualifying inspection twice, leading to their respective car chiefs being ejected
Sunday was the start of NASCAR’s 2019 deterrence model, and the results were felt early. Previously, a car chief was not ejected unless a team failed inspection three times. This year, it’s two.
Additionally, all three teams were docked 15 minutes of practice time.
Last month NASCAR introduced a system where race-winning teams found in violation of the rule book post-race would be disqualified. Additionally, post-race inspection is done at track following the event, with penalties — if any — handed out then instead of following a mid-week teardown at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina.