Kahne, Truex Jr. fail post-qualifying inspection
May 03, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
No. 5 didn't meet minimum weight, No. 78 too low
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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The cars of Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. failed post-qualifying technical inspection Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. As a result the two drivers will start at the back of the field in Sunday's Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (1 p.m. ET, FOX).
The No. 5 of Kahne, fielded by Hendrick Motorsports, failed the minimum weight requirement while the No. 78 of Truex and Furniture Row Racing failed to meet the minimum height requirement. Both teams field Chevrolets.
The infractions resulted in NASCAR officials disallowing the qualifying times of both teams. Kahne will be listed as starting 42nd while Truex Jr. will be 43rd.
Prior to the penalties, Kahne had qualified 17th, while Truex Jr. was 38th.
"Basically we had a malfunction with a ballast container," Kahne's crew chief Kenny Francis said in a manufacturer release. The cap that holds the ballast in came out. It could be mechanical or human error we are not really sure what happened. At the end of the day 25 pounds of ballast came out and we were 25 pounds light at the scales. The time was disallowed and we will have to start at the back."
NASCAR's new rules package for 2014 included the elimination of a ride-height minimum, but that package is not in play for races on restrictor-plate tracks.
The loss of starting positions is the only penalty resulting from the infractions. Officials will take no other actions.
"After posting the fastest practice speed yesterday, today's result and infraction were disappointing to say the least," Truex said in a team release. "That's the bad news. The good news is that we have a fast car for tomorrow's race, and as we have said many times, qualifying really doesn't mean that much here."