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Nationwide Series front height rule tweaked

March 14, 2014, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com

NASCAR announces change that will affect post-race inspection

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- NASCAR Nationwide Series teams now have an extra half-inch of tolerance on the front of their cars in post-race inspection, thanks to a technical bulletin distributed Friday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR informed teams that post-race minimum height on the front of the car has been reduced from 4-3/4 inches to 4-1/2 inches. The change comes in the wake of a penalty to the No. 9 team of JR Motorsports driver Chase Elliott after his car exceeded minimum front height after last weekend's event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Crew chief Greg Ives was placed on probation through Dec. 31 as a result.

Friday's rule change may be one reason that penalty was relatively light. NASCAR had been looking at making such a change since last summer, and had aimed to have it in place before next week's event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. According to NASCAR, the change better matches the front end to other measures on the Nationwide car.

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