Two #NASCAR Cup crew chiefs ejected from @Daytona; six cars starting from the rear www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/nascar-cup-inspection-failures/6656054/ via @motorsport
#NASCAR ... Crew chief Chris Gabehart tells Denny Hamlin that the front grille is caved in but not broken after running into the back of the 37 there.
Ok NASCAR nation make your voice heard: Should @DaleJr continue calling Steve Letarte America’s “Favorite” Crew Chief? @LarryMac28 @SiriusXMNASCAR
NASCAR suspends Ryan Sieg crew chief Shane Wilson for 4 races under rule of "any action or omission by a competitor or vehicle that creates an unsafe environment or poses a threat to the safety of the Competitors, as determined by NASCAR." My guess for wheel assembly coming apart
NASCAR also stated it has ejected Front Row Motorsports crew chiefs Drew Blickensderfer and Seth Barbour because the deck lids on the cars for Michael McDowell and Anthony Alfredo did not conform to rules.
NASCAR stated that the teams violated this section of the Cup Rule Book:
McDowell, the Daytona 500 winner, and Alfredo each will have to start at the rear.
NASCAR stated that further penalties may be assessed this coming week.
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28 August, 2021 - 10:00pm
By Kelly Crandall August 28, 2021 5:54 PM
By Kelly Crandall | August 28, 2021 5:54 PM ET
Both cars from Front Row Motorsports were found with deck lids that did not conform to rule specifications Saturday afternoon, and both teams have been penalized before tonight’s race at Daytona International Speedway.
Only NASCAR-approved deck lid extensions are permitted. Because of the infraction, the crew chiefs for the Nos. 34 and 38 teams (Drew Blickensderfer and Seth Barbour) have been ejected, and both cars will start at the rear of the field. NASCAR may issue further penalties next week.
Jason Sheets, the car chief for Michael McDowell, will serve as interim crew chief in the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
Front Row competition director Derrick Finley will serve as the interim crew chief for rookie Anthony Alfredo.
Additionally, pole-sitter and points leader Kyle Larson will start at the rear of the field. Larson’s No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet failed inspection multiple times. The No. 7 of Corey LaJoie, No. 15 of Joey Gase and No. 16 of Kaz Grala will also start from the rear.
Kelly has been on the NASCAR beat full-time since 2013, and joined RACER as chief NASCAR writer in 2017. Her work has also appeared in NASCAR.com, the NASCAR Illustrated magazine, and NBC Sports. A corporate communications graduate from Central Penn College, Crandall is a two-time George Cunningham Writer of the Year recipient from the National Motorsports Press Association.
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28 August, 2021 - 05:07pm
Both drivers will start Saturday night's Cup Series race from the rear of the field and further penalties for the infractions may be issued by NASCAR next week.
Car chief Jason Sheets will serve as crew chief for McDowell, who won the season opening Daytona 500, and Derrick Finley will serve as crew chief for Alfredo.
In addition, Kyle Larson - who was to start on the pole - will also have to start from the rear of the field as his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet failed pre-race inspection multiple times.
The cars of Joey Gase, Corey LaJoie and Kaz Grala also failed pre-race inspection multiple times and will join Larson, Alfredo and McDowell at the rear of the field.
28 August, 2021 - 03:52pm
The crew chiefs for both Front Row Motorsports cars — the No. 34 Ford of Michael McDowell and the No. 38 Ford of Anthony Alfredo — have been ejected before Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and both cars will drop to the rear before the 160-lap race. In addition, the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Kyle Larson and the No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet of Corey LaJoie will start from the rear for multiple pre-race inspection failures.
Front Row Motorsports crew chiefs Drew Blickensderfer (No. 34) and Seth Barbour (No. 38) were ejected after pre-race inspection penalties. McDowell was slated to start 18th, while Alfredo was set to start 32nd. McDowell won the Daytona 500 in February and is one of three drivers with top 10s in both superspeedway races this year.
Jason Sheets, car chief for the No. 34, will fill in as McDowell’s crew chief, while competition director Derrick Finley will serve as Alfredo’s crew chief, according to the team.
The ejections came after it was found the cars did not conform to NASCAR rule specifications per: Rule 22.214.171.124.a and b. Those rules deal with the deck lid extensions teams can use as A.) only NASCAR-approved deck lid extensions will be permitted and B.) the deck lid must conform to the drawing supplied by NASCAR.
The No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet of Joey Gase (starting 37th) and the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet of Kaz Grala (starting 38th) will also go to the rear after multiple pre-race inspection failures.
Larson had been slated to start from the pole in Saturday’s race and will still be credited as the polesitter. He is locked in a battle for the regular-season championship and enters the final race of the regular season with a 28-point lead over Denny Hamlin.