Saturday, April 1, 2023

AJ Allmendinger to Serve Pass Through Penalty at Martinsville After Three Inspection Failures

AJ Allmendinger Martinsville inspection 2022
AJ Allmendinger will start at the rear of Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville, he has lost a crew member and will serve a pass-through penalty due to three inspection failures. Photo Credit: Jonathan McCoy /

Kaulig Racing and AJ Allmendinger nearly scored their second NASCAR Cup Series win together a few weeks ago at Circuit of the Americas. But if the 40-year old driver is going to get the No. 16 machine into victory lane at Martinsville Speedway, he’s going to need a lot of help.

In pre-qualifying inspection, Allmendinger’s No. 16 car failed the first three times through the inspection bay.

As a result, Allmendinger’s engineer Michael Brookes was ejected for the race weekend, the No. 16 car was not permitted to turn a qualifying lap (Allmendinger will start last and have last choice in pit selection) and he’ll have to serve a pass-through penalty after the green flag in Saturday night’s race.

Without a doubt, Allmendinger will start the race more than a lap behind the leaders, as it only takes around 20-seconds to complete a lap at the paperclip.

Of course, Allmendinger could receive a free pass if there is a caution super early in the race, but if the opening green flag run goes 20-or-more laps, Allmendinger could find himself in trouble.

No other cars failed inspection three times.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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