Aric Almirola's fourth-place car fails NASCAR post-race inspection at Talladega
Aric Almirola matched his best result of the season on Sunday in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, but it could come with a price after his No. 43 failed the post-race laser inspection station after the event.
The veteran Richard Petty Motorsports driver finished fourth, matching his result from the season-opening Daytona 500, but he was unable to get through the inspection process. The result moved him to 17th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship standings, but a penalty could cost him a chance to stay within striking distance of the playoffs.
Any penalties will be announced midweek, but the typical punishment is 35 driver and owner points, a fine and a three-race crew chief suspension — in this case for Drew Blickensderfer.
The only Petty entry in the Cup Series this season has hovered around 15th all year but has only looked like a contender for the win in the two restrictor-plate races in 2017. A points penalty could be a huge hit to their playoff hopes.