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Inspection Live Blog: Hamlin Passes Inspection, Officially on Martinsville Pole, Four Cars Fail

9:50 AM ET

Denny Hamlin is officially on the pole for Sunday’s First Data 500 as his No. 11 Toyota has passed post-qualifying/pre-race inspection.

Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola and Ryan Blaney have also passed, so five are all good so far.

This post will continue updating as Inspection rolls along.

10:00 AM ET

Michael McDowell, Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Joey Logano have all passed.

The top-10 cars have all now completed inspection successfully.

10:05 AM ET

William Byron and Matt DiBenedetto have officially passed inspection.

10:15 AM ET

Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski have also passed tech. The top-15 is set.

10:25 AM ET

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., David Ragan, Daniel Hemric, Chris Buescher and Alex Bowman have all made it successfully through inspection.

The top-20 is now fully set.

10:35 AM ET

Ryan Preece and Kevin Harvick have now passed inspection. The top-22 are set, and all eight Playoff drivers have passed inspection.

10:42 AM ET

Austin Dillon and Jimmie Johnson have passed inspection. Top-24 set, no failed inspections yet.

10:50 AM ET

Kurt Busch and Bubba Wallace have passed inspection, but we also have our first failures — Ryan Newman. Newman will forfeit his 27th starting spot and Corey LaJoie will lose his 28th starting spot as a result.

10:57 AM ET

Ty Dillon and Paul Menard have passed inspection.

11:08 AM ET

Matt Crafton has passed inspection.

11:13 AM ET

Landon Cassill has passed inspection, while BJ McLeod has become the third to fail.

11:29 AM ET

Inspection is complete. Only four failures: Ryan Newman, Corey LaJoie, BJ McLeod and Timmy Hill

Newman and LaJoie passed on their second trip to tech, while McLeod and Hill failed on the second attempt. Both McLeod and Hill will be down a crew member as a result.

here is the locked in starting lineup:

1. Denny Hamlin
2. Chase Elliott (will start from rear after engine change)
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Aric Almirola
5. Michael McDowell
6. Ryan Blaney
7. Clint Bowyer
8. Erik Jones
9. Daniel Suarez
10. Joey Logano
11. William Byron
12. Matt DiBenedetto
13. Kyle Busch
14. Kyle Larson
15. Brad Keselowski
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17. David Ragan
18. Daniel Hemric
19. Alex Bowman
20. Chris Buescher
21. Ryan Preece
22. Kevin Harvick
23. Austin Dillon
24. Jimmie Johnson
25. Kurt Busch
26. Bubba Wallace
27. Ty Dillon
28. Paul Menard
29. Matt Crafton
30. Landon Cassill
31. Reed Sorenson
32. JJ Yeley
33. Ross Chastain
34. Garrett Smithley

Failed (starting at the rear):
35. Ryan Newman
36. Corey LaJoie
37. Timmy Hill
38. BJ McLeod

Toby Christie View All

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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