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Mike Neff · Thursday July 4, 2013
In one of the biggest busts in NASCAR technical inspection history, 16 teams had their roof flaps confiscated by NASCAR during the technical inspection process at Daytona before practice for this Saturday’s Coke Zero 400. The flaps are on display in the NASCAR hauler in the garage at Daytona for anyone with proper credentials to examine. The violations appear to have revolved around the spacers for the roof flaps. The teams seem to have been attempting to make the spacers lighter, which could potentially lower the center of gravity by nano-inches. The parts were deemed to be outside of the manufacturer specifications for the roof flaps, which are a safety device and are not to be altered.
The flaps were confiscated from the folllowing cars: #1-McMurray, #2-Keselowski, #9-Ambrose, #11-Hamlin, #13-Mears, #15-Bowyer, #16-Biffle, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #21-Bayne, #22-Logano, #43-Almirola, #55-Waltrip, #56-Truex Jr. and #99-Edwards. Ironically, the sole supplier of roof flaps to the teams in NASCAR is a Roush company, yet all three of the Roush cars were among the 16 violators. Fines will most likely be announced Tuesday.
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