NASCAR confirms Daytona rules package, clarifies disqualification language

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will feature a nine-inch spoiler and a one-inch wicker extension at Daytona.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway next weekend will feature the same rules packages introduced in the middle of the Talladega Superspeedway race weekend back in April.

That once again means no restrictor plates and the use of a tapered spacer that regulates horsepower to 550 hp.

It also means the return of a 1-inch wicker extension placed on top of the 9-inch spoiler. Lastly, teams will retain the option to choose between a .345 and .350 rear gear until qualifying, at which point the gear becomes locked in place throughout the remainder of the event.

The wicker was added following Friday practice on Talladega weekend after NASCAR expressed concerns with speed and raceability.

This package also includes a 1-inch bolt on the track-bar mount which raises the ride height of the car to 12 inches.

The same rulebook update also clarified language concerning postrace inspection and the disqualification process. In it, NASCAR stated that series officials would consider damage caused during a race when deciding to disqualify or in the appeals process.

The language reads: “Such determinations may be made by NASCAR before, during or after the event and may consider, to the extent deemed reasonable by NASCAR in the interests of racing competition and fairness, any modifications caused or required as a result of damage by in-race accidents.”

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