Jimmie Johnson missed the start of Sunday’s Cup race at Dover International Speedway after taking his No. 48 Chevrolet to the garage during the pace laps due to a mechanical issue.
NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast reported it was a lower ball joint failure.
Johnson, who has 11 Dover wins, was set to start the race 13th. After making repairs, Johnson returned to the track 10 laps down.
He was eliminated from the playoffs last week.