Jeff Gordon’s Car Too Low – Must Start Dayton 500 Near Last After Finishing Qualifying Race In – Mechanic Mistake - NASCAR

Jeff Gordon’s Car Too Low – Must Start Dayton 500 Near Last After Finishing Qualifying Race In – Mechanic Mistake - NASCAR

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(Best Syndication) A mechanic made a mistake and it cost Jeff Gordon dearly, as NASCAR officials said he will start 42 in a field of 43 cars in Sunday’s Daytona 500. When asked about it at a news conference after winning the second twin 150-mile qualifying race Thursday, Gordon was surprised, “Are you serious? That sucks. I'm mad about that right now." He was unaware of the infraction.

The inspectors said that his number 24 Monte Carlo was almost an inch too low. When asked what the penalty should be, Gordon said he was not sure. "I mean, I think I should start the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but where I start will be the other thing".

Gordon was not stripped of his victory and he will be able to participate in Sunday’s Daytona 500 – the first race of the NASCAR season. It appears to be a parts “failure” and Gordon’s team was not accused of cheating, according to officials.

NASCAR competition director, Robin Pemberton said "Honestly, I think it's something a mechanic made a mistake on as he bolted the shocks on during the installation process."

Pemberton said that bolts had been misaligned on the rear shocks installed prior to the race. After the race started, “the load on those misaligned bolts caused the car's quarterpanels, but not the roof, to be lower than the minimum allowed height.”

Officials believe it was an honest mistake. "We feel it was unintentional, and actually fairly unsafe. We feel that it was a part failure. ... I think it would be marginal at best if there was any advantage," Pemberton said.

This is not the first violation for NASCAR this year. There have been six technical violations in the past three days. Michael Waltrip found himself docked 100 driver and car owner points, after inspectors found an illegal substance that resembled jet fuel in his manifold. He was to drive a Toyota in Sunday’s race. His crew chief and team director were suspended indefinitely after being kicked out of the Daytona International Speedway.

The announcement was a blow to the three-time Daytona 500 winner, who had planned on starting in forth place. Dale Jarrett, who got into the race on a past champion's provisional, will start last.

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By Dave Reddy
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