Two title-contending teams could lose pit stall pick with one more warning

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Two of the four teams competing for a Sprint Cup championship this weekend in Miami could be forced to pick their pit stall last if they receive one more warning.

Both the teams of Kyle Busch and defending series champion Kevin Harvick enter this weekend with three warnings for inspection issues. Teams lose their spot to pick a pit stall after a fourth warning. Busch’s team received its third warning last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

Should teams receive a fourth warning before pit stalls are selected this weekend – which happens after qualifying – it would force them to pick their stall last for Sunday’s season finale.

The other two title contenders don’t have as much to worry about. Jeff Gordon’s team has received two warnings, and Martin Truex Jr.’s team has received one warning.

Rodney Childers, crew chief for Harvick’s team, admits his team will have to be careful going through inspection this weekend.

“We’ve been at three for a long time now, and we haven’t had any issues at all,’’ Childers said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “You’ve just got to be a little bit careful going through for qualifying and that type of thing. But honestly, the past month it hasn’t even been an issue at all.

“I think it seems like everything has been a lot more consistent with the (Laser Inspection Station), and NASCAR is doing a really good job with that thing. At Phoenix it was really consistent.’’

Adam Stevens, crew chief for Busch, also said his team will have to be careful in pushing the tolerances on the car.

“I don’t think it puts us behind, but certainly we’ll make a couple extra trips across the platform before practice starts to make sure that we know exactly where our stuff is,’’ Stevens said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. “If there’s anything that’s marginal or a number we’re chasing, we’ll make sure that we’re on the short side of it rather than taking a chance of having to go around.’’