NASCAR Playoffs contender Jimmie Johnson will move to the rear of the field prior to the drop of the green flag in today’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway after the team changed tires on the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet following qualifying.
Johnson qualified 24th, but wheel-hopped during the second round and spun as a result, kissing the wall slightly. The tires changed on the No. 48 car after qualifying are considered a performance enhancer and required that Johnson move to the back for the race.
Johnson is one of eight drivers remaining in the NASCAR Playoffs field. The race at Martinsville is the first of three races in the Round of 8.
Joey Logano won the pole and will start alongside second-place Martin Truex Jr. on the front row in today’s First Data 500 (3 p.m. ET with coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports App).