James Gilbert | Getty Images
James Gilbert | Getty Images

Spire’s No. 77 fails Talladega inspection three times; Cassill to serve pass-through at start

The Spire Motorsports No. 77 Chevrolet failed pre-qualifying inspection three times Friday at Talladega Superspeedway, resulting in penalties ahead of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race.

RELATED: Talladega weekend schedule | At-track photos

Driver Landon Cassill will have to make a pass-through on pit road at the soonest opportunity after the start of Sunday’s GEICO 500 (3 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM) at the 2.66-mile track. The No. 77 team will not be permitted to participate in Saturday’s Busch Light Pole Qualifying (11 a.m. ET, FS1) and will lose pit-stall selection. Additionally, JR Norris — car chief for the No. 77 team — was ejected.

Two other teams in the 39-car field failed inspection two times, resulting in the loss of pit selection and a crew member for the weekend. Those teams:

No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (driver Martin Truex Jr.; ejected: engineer Nick Burton)
No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet (driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.; ejected: car chief Travis Young)

Sunday’s race is the 10th this season in the NASCAR Cup Series and marks the first visit this year to Talladega.