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Martin Truex Jr.'s car fails pre-qualifying inspection at Dover, team engineer ejected

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 - Practice

DOVER, DELAWARE - OCTOBER 04: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 04, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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Martin Truex Jr.'s chief engineer, James Small, has been ejected from Dover International Speedway after Truex’s No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota failed Saturday’s pre-qualifying inspection.

Truex is the most recent winner at Dover, taking the checkered flag at the 1-mile, all-concrete banked oval on May 6.

Truex enters this weekend ranked second in the Cup standings, which were reset after last Sunday’s first round elimination race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. Truex is just five points behind points leader Kyle Busch.

Truex considers Dover his home track, having grown up in Mayetta, New Jersey, about two hours away. Truex is a three-time winner at Dover, including being the site of his first-ever Cup career win back in 2007.

Truex’s car was the only one that failed pre-qualifying inspection. Sunday’s race will be televised at 2:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

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