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UPDATED: Kevin Harvick’s Car Fails Qualifying Inspection Three Times, Will Not Get to Qualify

UPDATE 2:52 PM ET: Although it was believed that Harvick’s car had failed inspection four times, Rodney Childers told Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass that although it appeared that they failed on the fourth try, the No. 4 car actually passed inspection on their fourth attempt.

This would explain part of the more lenient penalties that were levied as opposed to what was expected with failing pre-qualifying/pre-race inspection.

UPDATE 2:15 PM ET: Harvick will not have to serve a pass through penalty on the initial start of the race as was previously believed.

Well, that’s not the start that Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team wanted to the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Harvick’s No. 4 car failed pre-qualifying inspection four times on Saturday, which means that he will not be allowed to take a qualifying lap. As such, he will start from the rear of Sunday’s race.

He will also lose his car chief for the race, he will lose 30 minutes of practice time at Martinsville. Harvick will also have to serve a pass-through penalty on the initial start of the race.

NASCAR has confirmed that Harvick will not be assessed a 10-point L1 penalty.

What’s weird about this whole thing? Harvick’s car actually passed inspection on its first tour through tech. His team noticed an issue with the car and opted to repair it.

The first inspection pass was a self-fail, even though they actually passed.

When they took their car back through inspection after repairs, it could not pass. And kept not passing.

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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