The Newman News...!!!!!!!!
UPDATE – NASCAR has announced (via Twitter) that the No. 31 did indeed pass inspection and that the car was too low as a result of damage that it sustained in a wreck on the track. No penalties will be handed down to the No. 31 team and their spot in the chase is not in question. Kasey Kahne will remain on the outside of the chase looking in.
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Thus far the chase has been a fairly tale for Ryan Newman and the No. 31 team. Following a 5th place finish at Talladega and a spectacular performance in the second round of the chase, Newman and company are looking to win a championship in 2014. However, things may have taken a turn for the worse as it seems there was an issue that was discovered with the No. 31 machine following the race at Talladega.
According to Bob Pockrass of Sporting News, Newman’s No. 31 machine was found to be too low in the rear and on both sides during post-race inspection. NASCAR does not announce its penalties for failing post-race inspection until late Tuesday each week. Newman advanced to the third round of the chase with a 27-point advantage over Kasey Kahne.
The only good new here is that NASCAR tends to hand out point penalties in 25-point increments. If NASCAR were to fine Newman 25 points for this infraction he would still make the next round of the chase. If Newman and his team are fined more than 25 points, he will not make the third round of the chase and there will be no life for Kahne and the No. 5 team. Aside from a straight-up fine NASCAR could also DQ him from the race which means he would lose the points he earned on Sunday or they could park him next week (which is the least likely thing to happen). If he is disqualified Kahne would in all likelihood move into the next round and if he is parked his chances of winning a championship will most likely require a win a Texas or Phoenix.
The most recent point-penalty gave out by NASCAR was in July when Denny Hamlin was docked 75 points. Aside from the points, monetary fines and suspensions were given out when Hamlin’s No. 11 machine was found to not have the firewall block-off plates sealed properly at Indianapolis. A similar type of penalty would crush Newman’s championship dreams this season.
Beyond the Flag will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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