Kyle Larson is among the cars dropping to the rear ahead of Sunday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for moving to a backup car. Larson’s No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was slated to line up 12th but his last-lap flat tire caused enough damage to warrant the team bringing out the backup for Sunday’s 140-lapper.
In addition to Larson and as confirmed by NASCAR following Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race, the following drivers have been approved to go to a backup car for the 140-lap race:
— Ryan Preece, No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet (was starting 23rd)
— Anthony Alfredo, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford (was starting 26th)
— Ross Chastain, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet (was starting 33rd)
— Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet (was starting 36th)
— Ryan Newman, No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford (was starting 37th)
— Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (was starting 38th)
Justin Allgaier will also go to the rear after a driver change in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet. Allgaier is subbing for Justin Haley who was supposed to drive the car but is sitting out following a wreck he was involved in during the Xfinity Series race earlier on Sunday. Haley was checked and released from the infield care center. The No. 77 Chevrolet was set to start 27th.