Joe Gibbs racer Erik Jones was the first to be disqualified from a NASCAR Cup race.
Jones, who finished 36th in the Las Vegas inauguration last weekend. Originally, fourth place was credited on Saturday night in Richmond as part of a 1-2-3-4 goal by the JGR organization.
NASCAR said Jones' # 20 Toyota did not pass the optical scanning system, which measures the hardness points on the bodywork. The car will be returned to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina.
NASCAR has introduced a new policy ahead of this season, disqualifying drivers who failed post-race testing rather than retaining their results and using penalties and crew suspensions as punishment.
This directive has already led to the exclusion of race winners in the Truck and Xfinity series, but had no effect on the Cup results until this weekend.
"There are quite critical rear wheel alignment measurements that need to be followed in order for there to be a number of things that somebody can or can not do to fix the error," the director said the cup series, Jay Fabian.
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Jones & # 39; disqualification means he is now among the 16 playoff riders, 44 points behind the cutoff line.
This puts Jones in a very likely must-win situation in the race next week in the Charlotte Roval, if he hopes to enter the second round of the playoffs.