Daniel Suarez promoted to the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR race
1st and 2nd place qualifiers at Pocono Raceway have failed post-qualifying NASCAR inspection
Drama in post-qualifying inspection at Pocono Raceway…
Daniel Suarez will start from the pole position in Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 after the cars driven by the top two qualifiers have failed inspection. Both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have failed post-qualifying inspection at Pocono Raceway and will be sent to the rear.
Both cars failed failed separate sections of the NASCAR inspection tent.
Kevin Harvick (1st): Harvick was fastest in the first and final round of Busch Pole Qualifying, but his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford did not pass the body scan portion post-qualifying inspection.
Kyle Busch (2nd): The same fate occurred with the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of second-fastest qualifier Kyle Busch, but his car failed at the chassis station of the inspection process.
Daniel Suarez to the pole: The ruling elevated Suarez to a first-time pole winner in the Monster Energy Series. His speed of 176.988 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota stands as the pole-winning lap of record.
Qualifying speeds for both Harvick and Busch were disallowed. Both will start from the rear of the 40-car field in Sunday’s 400-miler (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM).
The rest of the starting lineup for Sunday’s race will be determined as post-qualifying inspection continues at Pocono Raceway in Logn Pond, PA. View the full 2018 Pocono Raceway qualifying times below.
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In total, 13 cars failed post-qualifying inspection at Pocono Raceway.
Cars failing inspection at Pocono: Kevin Harvck (1st); Kyle Busch (2nd); Kyle Larson (4th); Joey Logano (5th); William Byron (6th); Austin Dillon (12th); Jimmie Johnson (15th); Paul Menard (17th); Ryan Blaney (18th); Aric Almirola (19th); Clint Bowyer (21st); Bubba Wallace (22nd); Kasey Kahne (24th);
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