Inspection holds NNS drivers up from qualifying
April 04, 2014, Brad Norman, NASCAR.com
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Four drivers, including Thursday's practice leader Ty Dillon, continually failed pre-qualifying inspection and did not get on track for the first 25-minute group session.
Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Chris Buescher also did not log a qualifying lap in advance of Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Those four drivers will start 36-39th in the field.
NASCAR Vice President for Competition Robin Pemberton said 17 teams with the same issue initially failed pre-race inspection.
"Basically, it was mostly the camber and tow issues on the rear-end housing," Pemberton said. "The majority of those teams had the same issues (Thursday) during their inspection for practice."
Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick were among that group of drivers to see their cars sent back through the tech line multiple times. Harvick's No. 5 Chevrolet was cleared in time to make one qualifying lap in the first round -- he went on to win the Coors Light Pole Award, with Kenseth second.
"When we have rules that are new -- and we have a different way of measuring things from time to time over the history of the sport -- generally you have more issues up front and situations like this," Pemberton said. "It's a new system that takes some time to get used to and adjust on, and it's something we'll continue to monitor."