NASCAR confiscates splitters from JGR

By Adam Tate, Managing Editor

FORT WORTH, Texas – Shortly before today’s ongoing AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR officials confiscated the front splitters from the No. 11, No. 18 and No. 19 of Joe Gibb’s Racing machines.

It is believed that the crews altered the splitters by using bondo to create aerodynamic ‘concaves’ in them to create a small but meaningful aerodynamic advantage.

The confiscated pieces will be taken to NASCAR’S R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina for further examination. It will then be decided if the teams will face any penalties for the infraction.

Both Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards are in the Chase and therefore still in contention for the championship. Any penalties in regards to the splitters could have an effect on the outcome of the title, something that NASCAR is rightfully determined that should be settled on track.

The fall out from the incident will be one worth watching in a Chase for the Championship that is becoming increasingly fraught with controversy.

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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and Motorsport.com. A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.

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