Three teams fail inspection after qualifying races; two lose points

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced that the cars of Martin Truex Jr., Chris Buescher and AJ Allmendinger failed minimum height requirements after Thursday night’s qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.

All three teams will start at the rear of the field in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Truex and Allmendinger lose the points they earned in their qualifying race.

Allmendinger had scored six points with his fourth-place finish in the second qualifying race. Truex scored four points with his seventh-place finish in the first qualifying race.

This continues a rough start to Speedweeks for the Furniture Row Racing team of Truex. The team had issues getting through template inspection last weekend, a result of faulty template grids at the Denver shop. Those issues resulted in the roofs of the Furniture Row Racing cars (Truex and rookie Erik Jones) being too high and the decklids being too low.

This marks the second consecutive year Truex will start at the rear of the Daytona 500 field. Last year, a crash in his qualifying race forced him to go to a backup car. He had started at the rear of his qualifying race last year because of a roof flap issue that prevented him from making a qualifying attempt. Despite all that, he finished second in the Daytona 500 to Denny Hamlin.

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Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed of 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five is completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Bush recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

Click here for the full practice report.

Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams will be held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.


NASCAR America: How much risk should drivers take in the Coca-Cola 600?

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As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.

Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.

Check out the above video.