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NASCAR Cup: Kevin Harvick, A.J. Allmendinger to backup cars at Bristol

FONTANA, CA – MARCH 16: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Beer Ford, climbs into his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 16, 2018 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Both Kevin Harvick and A.J. Allmendinger have been forced to backup cars for Sunday’s Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway as a result of crashes in Friday’s lone practice session.

“Yeah, spun out and is going to make the rest of our weekend a pretty rough weekend,” Allmendinger said.

Harvick attributed his wreck to a mechanical failure.

“Something, obviously, either came off or broke in the front suspension,” Harvick said. “It looks more like the right-front, to tell you the truth. It definitely wasn’t a tire failure or anything like that, but just going in the corner, as soon as I let off the gas, it just hung a right, so it’s unfortunate for our Busch Beer/Jimmy John’s Ford, but we’ll get another one out and do it again.”

Also, four Cup Series teams — the No. 1 and No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing teams of Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson, the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing team of Paul Menard and the No. 55 Premium Motorsports team of Reed Sorenson — were docked the final 15 minutes of practice Friday because of pre-race inspection failures the previous weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Meanwhile, 11 NASCAR Xfinity Series teams were penalized practice time at Bristol as teams prepared for Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300. As with the Cup Series, the Xfinity Series penalties were a result of inspection issues at Texas.

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