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Chastain Starting Open From Rear Thanks to Inspection Issues, Crew Chief Ejected

Ross Chastain, driver of the #42 Clover Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE races to a seventh place finish Sunday, June 6, 2021, during the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Updated – June 13th, 5:05 p.m – Austin Cindric and David Starr will also drop to the rear following pre-race inspection issues.


If Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ross Chastain wants to win a million dollars, he’ll have to do it from the rear of the 2021 All-Star Open.

The No. 42 Camaro had problems getting through pre-race inspection, with special attention focused on the front aero ducts of the car.

NASCAR deemed the car’s aero ducts violated the following guidelines of the Cup Series rulebook:

–20.4.2.d, for NA18D Events, the approved CAD files are are the files included below in addition to the approved OEM CAD files. Body components must also conform to the nominal size, drawing number and part number as outlined in Table 20.4.2.d NA18D Events. Aero Ducts

–20.4.4.a, for NA18D Events, aero duct openings must conform to the CAD files: Chevrolet Aero Duct Hole Pattern.

As a result, crew chief Phil Surgen has been ejected from the Texas Motor Speedway. Additionally, Chip Ganassi Racing has been fined $25,000 for the violation.

The Florida driver was originally slated to start from the fifth position.

The 2021 All-Star Open is set to take place at 6 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1, and the FOX Sports app.

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