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Polesitter Kyle Larson Fails Pre-Race Technical Inspection, Will Drop to Rear for Playoff Event at Richmond

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – AUGUST 15: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 15, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

 

Kyle Larson, arguably the favorite for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship, will be forced to start from the rear of the field in Saturday Night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway, after his No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro failed pre-race technical inspection twice, ahead of the start of the series’ second race in the first round of the playoffs.

NASCAR’s performance-based formula – which calculates the starting lineup in each event without practice and qualifying — placed him on the pole for Saturday’s event at Richmond, after recording a runner-up finish at Darlington Raceway and sitting atop the NASCAR Cup Series points. The loss of track position is becoming a trend for the Hendrick Motorsports team, losing the pole position for the second time in the last three races, after falling to the rear at Daytona.

 

As a result, Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin will be starting on the front row for tonight’s 400-lapper, as the organization looks to continue their hot streak in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and defeat the seemingly dominant forces of Hendrick Motorsports this season, in pursuit of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship.

At this time, no other drivers have failed technical inspection.

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