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Denny Hamlin explains Daytona 500 qualifying inspection failure on Dan Patrick Show (VIDEO)

57th Annual Daytona 500 - Practice

57th Annual Daytona 500 - Practice

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The morning after learning his car failed postqualifying inspection for the Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin still was in a great mood during a visit to The Dan Patrick Show.

How did his No. 11 Toyota wind up with a track bar that didn’t meet specficiations?

“Pushing the rules,” Hamlin offered with a laugh.

During the interview with Patrick, the Chesterfield, Va., native explained how he learned of the penalty (“Text message!”), how it might have happened unintentionally and whether the Daytona 500 should be moved later on the schedule. Click above to watch.