Once the racing was over in Richmond the celebration began and NASCAR got to work inspecting the cars.
At race end it appeared that Joe Gibbs Racing had earned its first 1-2-3-4 finish at the end of the Federated Auto Parts 400, but after the inspection process had been completed, one of those drivers had his race finish disqualified.
Citing an issue with the rear wheel alignment, NASCAR disqualified the number 20 car driven by Erik Jones. As a result of the failed inspection, Jones was moved to the last place position – 38th. Fifth place driver Brad Keselowski has been moved up to the fourth position.
Jones is one of the 16 drivers in the playoffs and instead of earning 42 points in the race, he gets only one point which drops him to 45 points under the cutoff line. The race in Richmond was the second of three races before the first cut that will eliminate four of the 16 drivers.
While four drivers in the Xfinity Series and one driver in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series have had their race finishes disqualified this season; this is the first time a Monster Cup Energy driver has face a race disqualification.
NASCAR will be taking Jones’ car back to the Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina.