Seven of the top-20 qualifiers fail inspection before Richmond Cup race

Published On April 13, 2019 | By John Haverlin | News, Top Posts

RICHMOND, Va. — Seven cars that qualified in the top-20 for Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond failed pre-race technical inspection this afternoon.

Outside pole sitter Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, and Jimmie Johnson did not pass inspection on the first attempt. They all forfeit their top-10 starting positions and will take the green flag from the rear.

Elliott (failed twice) originally qualified seventh while Suarez and Johnson were ninth and 10th, respectively.

Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin also failed. They would have started 15th and 18th, respectively. Hamlin will have a crew member ejected for failing a second time.

Matt Tifft would have had his best starting position of the season if he passed, but he didn’t so he’ll give up 20th. Tifft will also have a crew member ejected. Joey Gase was the eighth car to fail.

Pole winner Kevin Harvick, who failed inspection thrice at Bristol last week, passed on the first try. Kurt Busch will line up on the outside row after qualifying third.

Inspection took approximately three hours and 20 minutes. The average time of a Richmond Cup race is three hours.

Photo: Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images

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— a Long Island, New York native, is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he studied communication and journalism. He is a former Pit Notes reporter at ISM Raceway, where he covered NASCAR and INDYCAR throughout his collegiate career. Since 2016, he has covered American auto racing’s various forms, including NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Truck, K&N, Whelen Modified, IndyCar, Mazda Road to Indy, USAC, Modified Touring Series, World of Outlaws, ARCA and ACT Tour. During his downtime, he likes to play his Les Paul guitar, hit the golf course and watch the New York Mets.

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