Just because it’s the weekend of the “other” race at Daytona International Speedway doesn’t mean that Sprint Cup drivers won’t pull out all of the stops to gain an advantage. That fact was never more evident than on Thursday, as a staggering 16 cars were under investigation and subsequently failed inspection after a routine day of practice for this weekend’s race.
Members of Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Roger Penske Racing, and Roush Fenway Racing were docked by the failed inspection, and some of the biggest names in NASCAR, including Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and Brad Keselowski, are on the list. More inspection and investigation is underway as we speak, but apparently, the issue has something to do with each car’s roof flap, which, according to the AP, is “designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks at high speeds.”
No explicit punishment has been handed down in this case as of Thursday evening, but you can be sure that the heat is being turned up on each and every team. When the cars hit the track for the “Sprint Unlimited” on Saturday evening (8:00 pm on FOX), this entire investigation may be a moot point, but the extent of the damage may not be known for days.