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Several NASCAR teams fail pre-race inspection

Several NASCAR teams fail pre-race inspection”

Truex pulled that thorn from his side Saturday at Richmond Raceway after holding off late-race challenges from Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano to earn his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series short-track victory in his 81st attempt. Now, Busch will try to win his third straight Richmond race.

Truex gave Joe Gibbs Racing its sixth victory in nine races this season and won for the first time in his career on tracks shorter than a mile. Busch, the Cup Series points leader and victor of three races already this season, is still the only Cup Series driver who has finished in the top 10 in each race this season.

In this race past year, Busch started from the rear for unapproved adjustments and led 32 laps to claim the win.

"I certainly feel like I know what I need out of the auto to be successful here", Hamlin said. It's a fun place to race.

"It's just exciting because I know that I very well could have a great weekend ahead of us and really focus a lot of my efforts on how can we go out there and dominate the race, not just win but dominate", Hamlin said. You have to have good brakes, as well, and be able to turn the center.

The stage for the finish was set when the leaderboard got shuffled beginning on Lap 318 when the cars running up front began pitting under a green flag.

Logano held on for second followed by Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and local favorite Denny Hamlin. Leader Kyle Busch was penalized for speeding on pit road and sent back to the 24th position. "Certainly want to keep the momentum rolling from last week and really the start of the season for us, keep that top-10 streak going, too". He even said he wasn't going to win the race and the next thing you know he's leading. I think that's where our strength is and we've had some moments in some of these races that we've kind of been knocked off that we've been able to rebound and come back up through.

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Eight cars failed prerace inspection, including three that failed twice.

As a result, NASCAR disqualified their qualifying speeds, sending them to the rear of the field, disallowed their pit stall selections and ejected one engineer from each team for the race. They include local favorite Denny Hamlin, a three-time victor on the 0.75-mile oval, Chase Elliott and Matt Tifft.

Five other teams failed inspection and had their qualifying speeds and pit selections disallowed, also sending them to the back.

The 7:30 p.m. ET start time for Saturday's NASCAR Cup race signals the first night race of the 2019 season.

Busch said Richmond is "getting a little trickier" due to the combination of its aging race surface and the current Cup vehicle.

Chase Elliott started the night 10th in points, but ran 15th and has just two top-10s this year.



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