By admin | July 13, 2013
By Richard Allen
As you have probably heard by now, Jimmie Johnson’s outside front row qualifying time was disallowed on Friday afternoon at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Chad Knaus led team had trouble getting through inspection prior to qualifying, which led to the violations found in post-qualifying inspection. Due to the #48 car being a bit too light and the car being too low, the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will have to start from the rear of the field in Sunday’s Camping World 301.
Crew chief Knaus has been involved in several rules violations over the course of his career which have resulted in suspensions and fines. NASCAR has said there will be no further penalties in this case.
Here is a list of 10 possible explanations for the team’s pre and post-qualifying inspection issues:
1. Knaus felt left out last week in Daytona when 16 other crew chiefs had parts of their cars’ wing flaps deemed illegal by NASCAR officials so he thought he would make up for it this week.
2. NASCAR officials got raked over the coals this past week for what might have been an oversight on their parts. ”How in the hell could you catch 16 crew chiefs doing something illegal and Knaus wasn’t one of them?” might have been what they heard in meetings after Daytona. So, they decided to make up for it in New Hampshire.
3. People, including NASCAR inspectors, just don’t like Johnson’s beard.
4. Putting the #48 car at the rear of the field might be the only way any passing will occur in New Hampshire.
5. NASCAR just wanted to see how many commercials TNT could show during Sunday’s pre-race show in their reporting of this story.
6. NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook is on vacation so officials thought they better get something on the #48 team before he can come back to overrule them.
7. Penske Racing crew members were standing beside the 48 car during inspection doing that not-so-inconspicuous head bobbing and finger pointing thing toward the team they believe turned them in for a violation in Texas.
8. The assigned crew member forgot to put his foot on the scale as the car rolled across.
9. Someone mistakenly removed the container of vanilla that is usually kept in the car for extra weight.
10. Kyle Petty lightened the car when he removed the “The List of Things to Complain About” from the cockpit.
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