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Cup teams receive practice deductions at Texas

Inspection issues at Texas Motor Speedway will cost the Go Green Racing team with driver Joey Gase and the Premium Motorsports entry with Ryan Preece 15 minutes of practice time this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.


The two teams were among seven teams receiving warnings and/or time penalties prior to last week’s NASCAR events at Texas Motor Speedway.


Gase, who did not qualify for the AAA Texas 500, will be required to sit out the first 15 minutes of opening practice Friday at PIR after the No. 32 team failed the Laser Inspection Station (LIS) portion of pre-qualifying inspection three times.


The No. 98 of Preece failed the LIS four times, also during pre-qualifying, resulting in the loss of practice time.


The No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports), the No. 95 of Michael McDowell (Leavine Family Racing) and the No. 23 of Jeb Burton (BK Racing) received written warnings for failing the LIS twice. On the XFINITY Series side, the No. 18 of Daniel Suarez (Joe Gibbs Racing) also failed on its first two attempts.


The laser inspection platform, in use since the start of the 2013 season, measures specific points underneath each car, such as camber, wheelbase and rear axle positioning. Measurements are within 1/1,000th of an inch in most cases.


The No. 20 XFINITY Series entry with driver Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing) also received a written warning.


The first practice for Sprint Cup Series teams this weekend at Phoenix is scheduled to get underway on Friday at 2 p.m. ET.