Sunday, February 15, 2015

Earnhardt Jr, Hamlin Fail Post-Qualifying Inspection

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, sits on pit road during qualifying for the 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (February 14, 2015 - Source: Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)
The cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin both flunked post-qualifying inspection Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway and both drivers will start at the back of their respective Budweiser Duel at Daytona 150 qualifying races on Thursday night.

Earnhardt's No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was too low in the left-front during post-race inspection. Although NASCAR last year eliminated the minimum ride-height rules at most tracks, Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway still have ride-height rules in place. Earnhardt will start 25th in the first Duel on Thursday night.

Denny Hamlin's No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota exceeded the maximum split for the rear track bar, which is limited to 3 inches. The split on Hamlin's car was measured at 3.75 inches. Hamlin will start 24th in the second Duel. (FOX Sports)

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