By AMANDA VINCENT
Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will be docked `15 minutes of practice times Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-finale. The No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team of Danica Patrick, the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Matt Kenseth, and the No. 46 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet team of Michael Annett each received written warnings during the Nov. 13-15 race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway for failing pre-race inspection three times.
The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of championship contender Kyle Busch also received a warning at Phoenix. For the No. 18 team, the warning came for failing pre-race inspection twice. It was the teams third warning, so if Busch’s team receives another warning prior to the pit selection process after Friday’s qualifying session, the No. 18 team will be last in line to make its pit selection, regardless of where Busch qualifies. Teams normally make pit selections in the order in which they qualify, with the pole winner picking first, and so on.
Other teams with three warnings that stand to receive pit selection penalties if a fourth warning is received prior to Homestead pit selection include the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet of reigning champion and 2015 championship contender Kevin Harvick, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Denny Hamlin, the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet team of Alex Bowman and the No. 23 BK Racing Toyota team of Jeb Burton.
Greg Biffle’s No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team and Paul Menards’ No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team also received warnings for twice failing pre-race inspection at PIR.
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