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Three car chiefs ejected this weekend following inspection failures at Atlanta

Two car chiefs were ejected from Atlanta Motor Speedway after their teams’ respective cars failed pre-qualifying inspection multiple times and a third car chief was ejected on Sunday morning after their car failed pre-race inspection multiple times.

The No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford of driver Matt Tifft and No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet of driver BJ McLeod failed inspection multiple times Friday prior to three rounds of Busch Pole qualifying. Their car chiefs — Brandon Lee (36) and Mike Chance (52), respectively — won’t be able to return to the garage during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend.

The No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet of driver Garrett Smithley failed inspection multiple times Sunday prior the start of the race. His car chief — Shane Callis — won’t be able to be in the garage area for the rest of the day.

Previously, a car chief was not ejected unless a team failed inspection three times. Under NASCAR’s 2019 deterrence model, two failures lead to a car chief ejection.

Last month NASCAR introduced a system where race-winning teams found in violation of the rule book post-race would be disqualified. Additionally, post-race inspection is done at track following the event, with penalties — if any — handed out then instead of following a mid-week teardown at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina.