RICHMOND, Va. – Kevin Harvick is scheduled to start the pole race on Saturday in the NASCAR race at Richmond Raceway, but the pack is considerably confused.
According to NASCAR, eight cars failed the pre-inspection, including three to two failures. Among them, the cars of Denny Hamlin, local favorite, Chase Elliott and Matt Tifft, three-time winner of the 0.75-mile oval.
As a result, NASCAR disqualified its qualifying speeds, sending them to the back of the field, banned their pit selections and sent one engineer back from each team for the race.
Five other teams failed the inspection and were denied their qualifying speed and stand selection. These were seven-time champions of the series: Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Joey Gase.