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NASCAR to disqualify illegal cars in move to squash cheating

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 04: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

NASCAR will strip victories in 2019 for illegal race cars in an effort to squash cheating and efforts to exploit the rule book.

Inspections will now be done at tracks immediately following each race. If the winning car has any major infraction it will immediately be disqualified and dropped to last in the field.

This will end NASCAR's long-standing practice of using fines, suspensions and points deductions to punish race-winning teams. The victories usually stood.

Disqualified cars will now lose points, purse money and even the trophy.

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