The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet driven by Ross Chastain will start at the rear of the field for the NASCAR All-Star Open at Texas Motor Speedway (6 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for a violation found in pre-race inspection.
The aero ducts and/or an aero duct opening on the No. 42 car did not conform to NASCAR rule specifications per the following rules:
–20.4.2.d, for NA18D Events, the approved CAD files are are the files included below in addition to the approved OEM CAD files. Body components must also conform to the nominal size, drawing number and part number as outlined in Table 20.4.2.d NA18D Events. Aero Ducts
–20.4.4.a, for NA18D Events, aero duct openings must conform to the CAD files: Chevrolet Aero Duct Hole Pattern.
Phil Surgen, the team’s crew chief, has been ejected from the event. The team has also been fined $25,000 for the violation.
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Chastain was slated to start fifth in the 50-lap exhibition in which the winners of the three segments (20 laps, 20 laps and 10 laps are the lengths of the segments) would advance to the NASCAR All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
In addition to Chastain, the No. 33 Team Penske Ford driven by Austin Cindric and the No. 13 Motorsports Business Management Toyota driven by David Starr will start at the rear. Cindric, who was slated to start 16th, saw his No. 33 Ford fail pre-race inspection twice. Starr, who was slated to start 22nd in the 22-car field, was cited for unapproved adjustments.