NASCAR confiscates parts from two Stewart-Haas cars in Atlanta

NASCAR confiscates parts from two Stewart-Haas cars in Atlanta

NASCAR confiscated the roof rail deflectors from the cars driven by Stewart-Haas Racing drivers Noah Gragson and Ryan Preece at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

NASCAR announced on Friday it has confiscated the roof rail deflectors from the Stewart-Haas Racing cars piloted by Noah Gragson and Ryan Preece during Friday’s pre-race inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The No. 10 team (Gragson) and the No. 41 team (Preece) will be using replacement parts for the rest of the weekend and any penalties will be announced next week once NASCAR concludes its inspection of the parts.

There will be no penalties for either team over race weekend as NASCAR did not provide an explanation for the reason they confiscated the parts.

In accordance with NASCAR Rule Book section, the roof deflectors: “Must be constructed of 0.05-inch-thick aluminum, Must be installed perpendicular to the inspection surface in the applicable recessed slots on the greenhouse and roof flaps, Must not interfere with the functioning of the roof flaps and Must be painted.”

Stewart-Haas Racing, which fielded Chase Briscoe’s No. 14 team was slapped with an L3 level penalty last year following the discovery of a counterfeit part in late May.

The team was docked 120 points (driver and owner) and a further 25 playoff points. Briscoe concluded the championship standings in 30th place, having neither won a race nor qualified for the postseason.

Meanwhile, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s car failed two inspections, as stated by NASCAR. Engineer Max Kennon was kicked out of the team and the squad will lose its pit stall selection.

Cup Series teams will get on track Saturday morning for single-car qualifying ahead of Sunday’s race.

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