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Four cars in top 10 in qualifying fail inspection, will start at rear


Erik Jones’ car is back in the garage after it failed inspection the first time at Richmond. Photo: Dustin Long

RICHMOND, Va. - Four cars in the top 10 and eight total failed inspection Saturday and will start at the rear for Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond Raceway.

Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson all were to have started in the top 10 before their cars failed inspection once.

Jones was to have started second. Elliott was to have started seventh. Suarez was to have started ninth. Johnson was to have started 10th.

Also failing inspection on the first attempt were the cars of Aric Almirola (was to have started 15th), Denny Hamlin (18th), Matt Tifft (20th) and Joey Gase (36th).

The cars of Elliott, Hamlin and Tifft each failed a second time. Each team had an engineer ejected.

With Jones failing inspection, Kurt Busch will move up to second and start on the front row next to Kevin Harvick.

The top 10 in the starting lineup will now be

1st - Kevin Harvick

2nd - Kurt Busch

3rd - Joey Logano

4th - Kyle Busch

5th - Martin Truex Jr.

6th - Austin Dillon

7th - Chris Buescher

8th - Brad Keselowski

9th - Paul Menard

10th - Kyle Larson

Each of the cars that failed inspection also give up their spot in picking pit stalls and will pick after those who passed inspection.

Inspection is continuing at the track. Check back for more updates.