Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Truex Jr. on Pole; Teams Could Face Sanctions; Questions about Bolt for Truex; Hamlin, Kenseth Also Eyed

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Truex Jr. on Pole; Teams Could Face Sanctions; Questions about Bolt for Truex; Hamlin, Kenseth Also Eyed

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Byline: Don Coble

TALLADEGA, ALA. | Three race teams, including one for Hellmann's 500 pole winner Martin Truex Jr., could face sanctions after NASCAR caught them apparently trying to get a running start for the Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway.

A front jack bolt on Truex's car was confiscated, and cars driven by Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth were pulled off pit road and ordered to go through an additional inspection after officials saw teams making unapproved adjustments.

Not only do all three face the anxiety of surviving 188 laps of a race at what's considered one of the sport's most treacherous speedways, they much wait to see if any penalties will follow next week.

Truex, who posted a lap of 193.423 mph, clearly wasn't concerned the questionable bolt.

"All the crazy talk going on [Saturday] is nonsense," he said. "I think people speculate on things and don't really know what they are. The jack bolt issue is really not a big issue. It's not hollow, like what was reported. They didn't take both - they just took the left front, so it's not a big issue. It was a parts manufacturing issue, no big deal at all, and I'm sure NASCAR will tell you all what it was all about in a few days."

Truex said his team drilled on the bolt so a wrench would more easily fit. The jack bolt is used to adjust the height of the car. NASCAR didn't appear overly concerned with the modifications to the bolt. At the same time, an official said any decision would wait until a complete examination is done at the research and development office in Concord, N.C.

"It's our job to officiate the sport and make sure everything's right," NASCAR senior vice president for competition Scott Miller toldNBCSN. "This part [pre-qualifying inspections] and the rest of today's activities are no different than we do every weekend.

"I would say it's unlikely [for any possible penalty to affect the Chase], but it has to go through our process. We don't typically do thaton a weekend. Because it is the playoffs everybody has a heightened sense of everything. This is no different than what we've done all year. …

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