The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford will start from the rear and serve a pass-through penalty in Sunday’s Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM) at Bristol Motor Speedway after three failures in pre-race inspection. NASCAR also ejected No. 4 engineer Billy Kuebler from the garage.
The team will also serve a 30-minute practice hold next weekend at Richmond Raceway. The team passed inspection on its fourth time through.
Rodney Childers, crew chief for the No. 4 Ford, explained the car’s technical issues Sunday afternoon before walking to the team’s pit box.
“I’ve seen some other people get roped into that the last few years. We’ve personally never went through it,” Childers said. “We went through the first time and the right-rear camber was .03 of a degree too much, so we went back and changed the sleeve to fix the camber, didn’t adjust anything else, didn’t even put the car on jack stands. We went back down there and right-rear toe was wrong by .01 of a degree. Came back up here and moved the truck-arm slug and fixed that, then got back down there and the left-rear camber was wrong. The left-rear camber hasn’t even been close all weekend, so I don’t know.
“It seems like once you fail one time, it’s easy to get roped into things changing every time you go through and the inconsistencies with that whole deal.”
Kevin Harvick qualified 13th for Sunday’s race and he led 10-lap averages in second practice. In 36 starts at Bristol in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Harvick has two victories and 19 top-10 finishes.
The pass-through penalty will cost Harvick a spot among the lead-lap cars, leaving him 500 laps to regain the ground. Childers said he was not concerned with the car’s speed.
“I’ll talk to you after the race,” he told reporters with a grin.