Playoff teams typically do not pit next to each other, but Blaney had the last selection and the only spot remaining was behind Elliott’s stall.
Pit stall selections were based on qualifying results last weekend at Kansas Speedway because qualifying at Martinsville takes place shortly before today’s race. Blaney’s team failed inspection after qualifying at Kansas and lost pit stall pick there and Martinsville, along with losing his qualifying spot at Kansas.
Pit stall picks are important because Martinsville’s pit road is narrow and there are few openings before or after a stall.
Martin Truex Jr., who won the pole last week at Kansas, is in the No. 1 stall near pit exit.
“Pit road will play a factor in this race,” analyst Jeff Burton said on NASCAR America this week.
Watch the video above to see what else Burton and Parker Kligerman say about pit road at Martinsville.
To see where everyone else is pitting: Click here for pit stall picks