Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have a tough time during Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600. Friday night after qualifying, the drivers learned that they won’t have many pit stalls to choose from for Sunday.
After the qualifying session Friday, NASCAR announced that three teams will be forced to chose their pit stalls last for Sunday’s race due to accumulating 4 inspection violations. The Richard Petty Motor Sports team of Aric Almirola came into Charlotte with 2 previous penalties. They failed both the templates and the laser inspection one time each Thursday and were forced to make corrections before passing, those two failures added up to four. The Hendrick Motorsports teams of Johnson and Earnhardt Jr. both had three penalties coming into the weekend. Both failed the templates Thursday thus each earning their fourth penalty.
Under NASCAR rule 126.96.36.199 D teams that accumulate 4 inspection penalties will lose pit selection for the next race if after qualifying, if before qualifying, the loss of pit selection will occur at the same event. Johnson secured the seventh starting spot, Almirola, 20th.