When qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway wrapped up on Saturday, Daniel Suarez sat third on the speed charts. But, when inspection wrapped up, Suarez was first.
Kevin Harvick posted the quickest time in the third round of qualifying, but when his No. 4 Busch Beer Ford went through inspection it failed the body scanning station. Second-place qualifier Kyle Busch failed the chassis scanner, and both members of “The Big Three” were relegated to the back of the field.
Harvick and Busch will be joined at the tail by 11 other drivers who failed inspection including Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, William Byron, Bubba Wallace and Kasey Kahne.
Denny Hamlin, who originally slotted in seventh in qualifying, now moves to second after five of the top-seven qualifiers will be forced to the back.
The reason for so many failed inspections is in part because of NASCAR’s experimentation with two-day shows. Teams only went through post-qualifying inspection rather than pre-qualifying inspection. When a car fails, they get their time stripped and their car put to the back of the field.