Jeremy Clements NASCAR Xfinity Series victory on Friday night at Daytona no longer secures him a spot in the playoffs.
NASCAR announced on Tuesday that a L2-level penalty for the No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing team.
Xfinity Series weekly post-race penalty report, NASCAR detailed that Clements’ No. 51 car was found to have infractions according to Sections 14.6.12K&U of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rule Book.
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Clements remains the officially race winner, however he’s been deducted 75 points, with his team fined $60k and loses the automatic playoff berth that the win provided.
Section 14.6.12.K says: The intake manifold must conform to NASCAR templates, gauges, scales, fixtures, and any and all other measuring devices.
Section 14.6.12.U says: The floor of the intake manifold plenum must conform to the NASCAR Inspection Intake Manifold Plenum Plug Gauge.
Here is the rule that explains this Clements penalty as it comes “after post-race inspection” and the options for the penalties (race DQ isn’t one of them): pic.twitter.com/eT7k8mt9nf
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 30, 2022
Clements’ penalty uncovers a bizarre technicality in NASCAR’s post-race inspection rules that’s extremely tough to explain to usual racing supporters.
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