Jimmie Johnson to start at rear at Michigan

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Jimmie Johnson will start at the rear for Saturday’s Cup race at Michigan International Speedway after two inspection failures before the race.

Johnson was to have started 17th. Johnson enters today’s race 25 points behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron for what would be the final playoff spot.

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Joey Gase also will start at the rear for two inspection failures. He was already scheduled to start last in the 39-car field.

NASCAR earlier announced that the cars of Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher will start at the rear after they had their spoilers confiscated in inspection.