AJ Allmendinger crossed the start-finish line third Saturday night.
Hours after the 1-2-3 finish for the Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway the official results moved the third-place car of AJ Allmendinger to the bottom of the results.
The No. 10 car of Allmendinger was disqualified by NASCAR after failing post-race tech. According to Xfinity Series director Wayne Auton, the engine on the car was found to have a discrepancy after a vacuum check.
“Whenever you go, especially to restrictor-plate style races, the teams are very much aware that everything’s got to be sealed up tight,” Auton told media assembled for an early Sunday morning press conference. “It could compromise the ability of the restrictor plate to do its job.”
Allmendinger was relegated to last place in the 38-car field; Ross Chastain and runner-up Justin Haley both passed post-inspection and Christopher Bell was moved up to third.
Auton said that officials normally check the first- and second-place cars in post-race inspection, then a third car at random. The first two passed the vacuum test and all other areas of the inspection.
Allmendinger who spends his time as a TV analyst was making his first national series start since last November.
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