Qualifying didn’t go great for NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. but it didn’t go horrible either. Both drivers turned in decent qualifying times Saturday afternoon during knock out qualifying for the Aaron’s 499. However, both drivers had their qualifying runs disallowed when they both failed NASCAR’s post-qualifying inspection.
Kahne’s No. 5 machine failed inspection because it did not meet the minimum weight requirement. Kenny Francis, the Crew Chief for the No. 5 Chevrolet released a statement through Team Chevy about what happened.
Basically we had a malfunction with a ballast container. The cap that holds the ballast in came out. It could be mechanical or human error we are not really sure what happened. At the end of the day 25 pounds of ballast came out and we were 25 pounds light at the scales. The time was disallowed and we will have to start at the back.
Truex Jr. failed the inspection because his No. 78 machine did not meet the minimum height requirement which is set forth by NASCAR. Truex Jr. also had the chance to comment on the situation via Team Chevy.
After positing the fastest practice speed yesterday, today’s result and infraction were disappointing to say the least. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we have a fast car for tomorrow’s race, and as we have said many times, qualifying really doesn’t mean that much here.
Truex Jr. is correct in saying that where you start at Talladega isn’t that big of a deal. However it should also be pointed out that no driver has ever won starting from where Truex Jr. and Kahne will be starting. Also, the trouble with being in the back at Talladega is that your chances of being caught up in another drivers mess greatly increase.
When the field takes the green flag on Sunday, Truex Jr. will be starting 42nd and Kahne will be starting 41st. The deepest in the field that a driver has ever started and won a race was when Jeff Gordon drove to Victory Lane from the 36th starting spot. Kahne and Truex Jr. will both be looking to break that mark on Sunday.