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March 19, 2018

Miller: NASCAR to combine post-qualifying, pre-race inspection at Martinsville

As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads back East, teams will see a streamlined inspection procedure when they return to the track at Martinsville Speedway.

NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday morning to discuss the new setup that is set to be implemented on Saturday.

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“Post-qualifying and pre-race inspection are going to be lumped into one major inspection,” Miller explained. “We are actually kind of looking forward to that as a way forward. It would be really good if we could get it down to one major inspection for the weekend.”

Miller hopes this inspection process will allow fans more access to their favorite drivers on-track instead of “in the garage area trying to get out for qualifying.” However, it won’t be on the sanctioning body to help teams make it through without issue.

” … It’s up to the teams really,” he said. “They know how to do it. It’s up to the teams to not create a bad story failing post-qualifying inspection.”

Martinsville will serve as the first enhanced weekend of the year. Monster Energy Series qualifying is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. ET (TV: FS1), following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.