By AMANDA VINCENT
The No. 48 and No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet teams of Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford team of Aric Almirola were the last three to select pit stalls at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, despite their qualifying efforts on Thursday. The pit selection penalties came as a result of inspection issues on Thursday.
The No. 48 and No. 88 teams each had three inspection warnings coming into the Coca-Cola 500 race weekend and both had issues getting through template inspection, bringing their total to four apiece, resulting in the pit selection penalty.
The No. 43 team entered the Charlotte race weekend with only two previous inspection warnings, but collected two at CMS on Thursday, having issues with both template and laser inspections.
Without the penalties, Johnson’s team would’ve been seventh in line to make its pit stall selection, Almirola’s 20th and Earnhardt’s 25th, based on qualifying results from Thursday.
According to the NASCAR rule book, teams lose their positions in the pit selection process after accumulating four written warnings for issues getting through inspection.
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