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

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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 / TobyChristie.com

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.

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Toby Christie
Toby Christiehttps://tobychristie.com
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of TobyChristie.com. 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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