LOUDON, N.H. -- The No. 25 Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
brought to New Hampshire International Speedway as the primary
Nextel Cup car for Brian Vickers was in NASCAR's possession Friday
after it failed inspection five times.
"This was a brand new body that had never been raced," said
Doug Duchardt, vice president of development for the Hendrick team.
"We learned of a measurement issue during the inspection process
and made attempts to correct it. But, after several tries, we
decided to forfeit the car [to NASCAR] and go with our backup."
The frustrated Vickers missed the first practice and got in just
five laps in the second session for Sunday's Sylvania 300.
"We made the decision to forfeit the car because we didn't feel
it could be repaired in a reasonable amount of time," Duchardt
said. "It was important to get out on the racetrack in the backup
and prepare for Sunday.
"We have a very thorough system that should prevent these
things, but something obviously fell through the cracks."