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Dale Earnhardt Jr. And Denny Hamlin Fail Post Qualifying Inspection For Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. And Denny Hamlin Fail Post Qualifying Inspection For Daytona 500

by February 15, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Jared Tilton/Getty Images

By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin will be forced to start last in their Budweiser Duels after their cars failed post qualifying inspection for the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No.88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS failed post qualifying inspection due to the left front being too low by 1/8th of an inch. Earnhardt Jr. who set the 10th fastest time with a lap of 46.135 seconds at 195.080 mph will now start 25th in his Budweiser Duel race on Thursday night.

“Obviously NASCAR does a great job inspecting the cars and they found that our ride heights after qualifying were too low,” crew chief for the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, Greg Ives said. “They did their due diligence of allowing us to go through their processes of how they deal with it. In the end we still ended up low. It’s unfortunate for the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS team. We were definitely not trying to do anything intentional here. I don’t feel it was an advantage that got us to our 10th place position, but it is definitely something that can be frowned upon and not looked as being compliant to the rules and that is what we need to stick to.”

As for Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, the track bar was found to be 3/4th of an inch away from the maximum three inch allowance. Hamlin posted the fastest time in Round 1A and the third fastest time in the third and final round with a lap of 44.791 seconds at 200.933 mph. He will now start 24th in his Budweiser Duel on Thursday night. Since he finished third in last year’s point standings, he is guaranteed a starting spot in this year’s Daytona 500.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duels will be live on FOX at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 19. You can also listen to all of the live action on the Motor Racing Network (MRN).

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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