NASCAR issues warnings to Dale Jr.’s team, 4 other Cup teams, 2 JGR XFINITY teams

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished sixth at Texas Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR on Wednesday afternoon revealed the identities of the drivers and teams hit with written warnings this week for issues related to technical inspection last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Most notably on the Sprint Cup Series side, the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team of fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. received a warning for failing NASCAR’s LASER Inspection Platform twice during pre-qualifying inspection in Texas.

The teams of Jeb Burton and Michael McDowell, meanwhile, were each handed a warning for twice flunking the LASER Inspection Platform during pre-race and pre-qualifying inspection, respectively.

The team of part-time driver Joey Gase failed the LASER Inspection Platform three times prior to qualifying, resulting in a warning and a loss of 15 minutes of practice time at an upcoming race.


The team of Sprint Cup newcomer Ryan Preece likewise incurred a warning and loss of 15 minutes of practice for failing the LASER Inspection Platform four times in pre-qualifying inspection.

Over in the XFINITY Series, NASCAR issued warnings to the Joe Gibbs Racing teams of drivers Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones.

The No. 18 team of Suarez failed to pass the LASER Inspection Platform twice in pre-race inspection, while Jones’ No. 20 team violated Sections 20.20.a; of the NASCAR rule book.

In streamlining its warning system back in August, NASCAR ruled that every fourth warning a team receives would result in automatic loss of pit selection at the next event.