Following qualifying for the Daytona 500, three drivers will be starting from the rear of the Can-Am Duels due to qualifying violations.
NASCAR announced that both Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers had their times disallowed due to the track-bar not being in compliance in post-technical inspection.
They also announced that Martin Truex Jr. was indeed not allowed to make a qualifying run as a result of concerns from officials surrounding the roof flaps on his racecar. NASCAR stated in the statement that Truex’s violation was spotted before he made his attempt, with the team being notified; the team was then unable to correct the issue in the allotted time given.
“They didn’t like it was slanted when it dropped down so I don’t know what the problem was,” Truex’s crew chief Cole Pearn told Fox Sports 1. Either way, they decided to put us on the five minute clock and then bring us back here. I don’t know why they brought us back here as there was no way that we could get back out there. I thought we had a good car for qualifying, but we’ll just roll on, see what they say and see what happens on Thursday.”
As a result, each of these drivers will start at the back of their respective Can-Am Duel, with NASCAR stating that further penalties were possible.