HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 28: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 28, 2021 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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Chase Elliott will start at rear of field for Atlanta Cup race

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion and home state hero Chase Elliott will start from the rear of the field for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) following a pair of failures in pre-race inspection.

Elliott’s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was slated to start fifth. In five starts at the 1.54-mile track, Elliott has one top five, four top 10s and an average finish of 10.0.

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The 25-year-old driver also started at the rear of last Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway following multiple pre-race inspection failures and came on to score a fifth-place finish.

The No. 66 car of Timmy Hill failed three times, will drop to the rear of the field, serve a pass-through penalty and lose their car chief, Sebastian LaForge, for today’s race.

The No. 00 car of Quin Houff will also drop to the rear for making unapproved adjustments.