NASCAR is going back to its roots this year with better-looking, old-school racecars and by racing trucks on dirt.

But one area where it went back to its roots Sunday wasn’t planned.

NASCAR had problems Sunday with its new laser inspection equipment. (Bob Pockrass Photo)
NASCAR’s new laser tech platform broke down early Sunday morning. That forced NASCAR to use the manual inspection procedures it has used in past years to check the chassis, frame rails, wheels, axles and steering geometry on the cars.

The change was not expected to delay Daytona 500 qualifying, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Daytona International Speedway.

“We experienced some startup issues with our laser inspection platform—we are on a full mechanical backup measuring system,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said Sunday morning.

“The two systems parallel one another. … From an inspection standpoint, we’re in good shape.”

NASCAR had taken the laser tech platform to a few different races last year in hopes that it could handle the wear and tear of being moved from race to race.

Tharp said he did not know if the temperatures in the mid-30s impacted the system.

The laser platform had been in development the last 18 months. It was never intended or designed to save time or replace officials.

“It’s solely for the purpose of enhancing the technology, or bringing technology to what we currently do to make it far more accurate, far more consistent (procedure) than what we had in the past,” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said earlier this month.

NASCAR hopes to have the laser platform ready for inspection for the Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday.

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