KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Five teams who qualified inside the top-10 have had their qualifying times disallowed after failing inspection ahead of Saturday’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Aric Almirola, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson, all of whom qualified inside the top-10, will now be forced to start at the rear of the field after their cars failed inspection Saturday afternoon.
Almirola was originally scheduled to start second, Suarez was slated to start fourth, Chase Elliott was going to line up fifth, Truex was scheduled to start sixth and Larson was set to start eighth.
In addition, the cars of Elliott, Larson and Logano all failed inspection a second time, resulting one crew member from each team being ejected from the track.
Kevin Harvick will still lead the field to the green flag Saturday, but he’ll now be joined on the front row by Clint Bowyer. The rest of the top-10 starters are now William Byron, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, Erik Jones, Darrell Wallace Jr., Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Paul Menard.
Others who also failed inspection and will be forced to start the race from the rear of the field include Ty Dillon (originally slated to start 15th), Joey Logano (20th), Michael McDowell (23rd), Landon Cassill (25th), Joey Gase (38th) and Timmy Hill (39th).
NASCAR officials have not indicated why the teams failed inspection. Those who failed inspection will be lined up at the tail of the field based on owner points.