NASCAR will accelerate its post-race inspection process for the 2019 season, with immediate disqualification facing vehicles and teams found guilty of fudging the rules. "We can not allow inspection and penalties to continue to be a prolonged stroyline". Race day also will include open garage areas for the fans and the Rumble Before the Roar premium party.
The penalties were typically not announced until several days after the race.
NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. instilled a belief that fans should leave the race track knowing the victor, but now fans will not know for up to two hours after the race is completed. Disqualified cars will now lose points, purse money and even the trophy.
The last Cup race victor to be disqualified was at Wilson Speedway in 1960, when Emanuel Zervakis was excluded for a large fuel cell and the win handed to Joe Weatherly.
Under the new system, the runner-up will be declared the victor and the team with the illegal auto will receive only one championship point.
The rules changes scheduled for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season creating reduced engine power with boosted drag and downforce promise to make drafting much more important. He was dropped to 42nd when his Ford was found to have an illegally modified intake manifold two hours after the race.
NASCAR estimates post-race inspection will take 90 minutes.
It had devolved into comedy at times last season as teams used multiple attempts to get through inspection. If any of the three's vehicles is discovered to have violated the rulebook, they will be classified in last and any stage and playoff points earned during the race nullified. If the driver won the race, they could not use it to guarantee them a spot in the playoffs, but retained the win in the records, meaning the victory was "encumbered".
Chief among announcements emanating from the sanctioning body's headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla., was NASCAR's plan to move its thorough post-race inspection to the racetrack immediately following each national series event.
"We felt like when we sat down and we looked at this and we put this model together that the efficiencies are going to come with the fact that those highly skilled inspectors are going to be in those individual garages and living in those garages", Sawyer said. The current single-lap qualifying system does typically run quicker than the pre-2014 single-car system due to the single-lap limit and NASCAR officials sending the next qualifier on track as soon as possible once the previous qualifier has started a hot lap.
For races conducted at short and intermediate tracks, round one will be 10 minutes long, equaling the length of the second round and shortened by five minutes. Between rounds, the seven-minute wait will change to five. Road-course qualifying will continue to be two rounds at 25 minutes followed by a 10-minute final round.