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June 22, 2020

William Byron’s No. 24 among cars moving to rear at Talladega

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The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of William Byron will move to the rear of the field for Monday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (3 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for failing pre-race inspection two times.

Byron officially will be scored as starting 19th at the 2.66-mile Alabama track, but he’ll drop to the rear of the field during pace laps. He has four NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega with a best finish of 20th in the fall of 2018.

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The No. 78 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet of Garrett Smithley also failed twice. The No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Ford of Joey Gase failed three times and will start from the rear and serve a pass-through penalty. Gase was 36th out of 40 cars in the starting lineup.

Martin Truex Jr. will lead the field to the green in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Teammate Denny Hamlin, who won last week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will also start on the front row.