UPDATE: Logano narrowly makes starting grid

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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.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.