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February 14, 2024

Bowman, Reddick teams penalized after pre-qualifying inspection; car chiefs ejected for Daytona 500

Alex Bowman talks with Hendrick Motorsports competition exec Chad Knaus as his crew works to prep the No. 48 Chevrolet for Daytona 500 qualifying.
Zack Albert

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two NASCAR Cup Series teams failed twice in Daytona 500 pre-qualifying inspection Wednesday, resulting in crew member ejections and the loss of pit-stall selection for Thursday’s 150-mile qualifying races.

The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Alex Bowman and 23XI Racing’s No. 45 Toyota for Tyler Reddick both passed inspection, but on their third attempt. Bowman wound up 17th in Wednesday evening’s qualifying session, and Reddick was 36th on the speed chart in the first on-track action ahead of Monday’s season-opening Daytona 500 (4 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Each team’s car chief was ejected for Thursday’s qualifying races:

  • No. 45 Toyota: Michael Hobson
  • No. 48 Chevrolet: Ty Sipes

Both teams will also select pit stalls last for Thursday’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel qualifying races (7 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM), which will help determine the 40-car starting lineup for Monday’s 500-mile classic.

Bowman’s qualifying effort snapped his streak of Daytona 500 front-row starts, which ended at a record six in a row.