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Elliott Starting at Rear, Hill Loses Car Chief and Must Serve Pass-Through After Pre-Race Inspection Failures

Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Unifirst Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, races to a fifth place finish Sunday, March 14, 2021 during the NASCAR Cup Series Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jim Fluharty/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott will be forced to start from the rear of the field in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, after failing pre-race technical inspection.

It’s the second consecutive weekend that the Dawsonville, Georgia-native will have to start at the rear of the field, after the team was forced to make an unapproved adjustment prior to the series’ last event at Phoenix Raceway. Elliott was scheduled to roll from the inside of the third row.

Additionally, Timmy Hill – driving the No. 66 for MBM Motorsports — will have to start at the rear of the field and serve a pass-through penalty after the start of the event, after failing pre-race inspection three times. The team’s car chief Sebastian LaForge was ejected from the track, stating that the team struggled to meet the specifications on the car’s rear toe and camber.

Quin Houff’s No. 00 will also be forced to start at the rear of the field, due to unapproved adjustments on his StarCom Racing Chevrolet Camaro.

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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