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Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers Fail Daytona 500 Post-Qualifying Tech Inspection

Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers Fail Daytona 500 Post-Qualifying Tech Inspection

by February 14, 2016 0 comments

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers will start in the rear of their respective Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday after their cars were found to not be in compliance with the NASCAR Rule Book during Daytona 500 pole qualifying Sunday afternoon.

NASCAR officials on pit road found that the roof flaps on Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota were not in compliance just before he was set to take to the high banks for a qualifying run. With only five minutes to fix the issue, the team was unable to make a lap around the track during Daytona 500 pole qualifying. As a result of not posting a time, Martin Truex Jr. will start 21st in Duel No. 2.

Furniture Row Racing later posted a few quotes on Twitter from crew chief, Cole Pearn.

Furniture Row Racing then followed the tweet up with this one:

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers will also start at the rear of their Duels after failing post-qualifying tech inspection. The track bars on the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet and the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet were not in compliance; therefore, the two team’s qualifying times were disallowed. Harvick will start 22nd in Duel No. 1, while Vickers will start 22nd in Duel #2

Rodney Childers, crew chief of the Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Chevrolet said on Twitter that the team made a simple mistake and apologized.

Rodney Childress continued and posted the following tweet:

The Can-Am Duels at Daytona will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday night.

Photo Credit: Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images

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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