Cars of Aric Almirola, Elliott Sadler fail post-race inspection at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 07:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Fifth Third Bank Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 7, 2017 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)TALLADEGA, Ala. — There were a pair of inspection issues following Sunday’s Monster Energy Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford of Aric Almirola failed post-race LIS inspection following his fourth-place result. NASCAR officials also found a missing lug nut on the left-rear wheel of Elliott Sadler’s No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet.

Currently one point out from the 16th and final spot in the playoffs, Almirola faces a 35-point penalty and crew chief Drew Blickensderfer faces a potential three-race suspension.