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Playoff Contender Martin Truex Jr. to Start at Rear in Kansas After Multiple Pre-Race Inspection Failures

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One Playoff contender will drop to the rear before Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Playoff Round of 8 contender Martin Truex Jr.

Truex’s No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing machine failed pre-race tech twice. Truex, who was scheduled to start fifth, will drop to the rear on the pace laps. For official scoring purposes and fantasy NASCAR game purposes, Truex will be scored from his original fifth-place starting spot.

In addition to Truex, only Rick Ware Racing’s No. 53 car — driven by James Davison — failed pre-race inspection multiple times. Davison, who was set to start 33rd, will drop to the rear on the pace laps as well.

Truex spoke about his thoughts on dropping to the rear on Sunday:

Sunday’s event is the opening of three races in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 8. After that three race stretch, the Playoff field will be shrunk to four, and those four drivers will battle it out in Phoenix for the championship.

Truex has made the Championship 4 in four of the last five seasons, and he won the championship in 2017.

While he starts behind the eight-ball on Sunday, Truex has 400 miles to make up the ground he has lost.

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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