Apr 13, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT
UPDATE (7:46 p.m. ET): With minutes to spare before the green flag, Logano has hopped into his car and has been rolled onto the grid by his crew members. He is now on the track with the rest of the field for pace laps, but will have to go to the back of the field for being late to the grid.
UPDATE (7:35 p.m. ET): NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello reports that Logano’s car needed three tries to pass the laser inspection, making it through as the national anthem began. His car is currently in the final inspection station, as NBA legend Karl Malone gives the command to start engines.
NASCAR has confiscated the rear-end housings, as well as other parts, from the Penske Racing cars of Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano before tonight’s NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. No team members will be ejected for the violations.
Keselowski and Logano will not have to give up their starting positions for tonight’s race (16th for Keselowski, 18th for Logano), but they and/or their teams may be assessed fines and penalties at some point next week. NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello has tweeted that the series has not disclosed the specific parts taken from the Penske Fords.
With the teams having to replace the rear-end housings on both Keselowski and Logano’s machines, a mad dash has taken place to get them ready for the race. Keselowski’s car has reportedly passed inspection, while Logano’s has yet to do so.