Thirteen drivers had their qualifying times disallowed at Pocono Raceway after failing post-qualifying inspection.
Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch each lost their front row starting spots, giving Daniel Suarez the pole. Busch will start 28th and Harvick 29th, respectively.
Behind them will be Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, William Byron, Darrell Wallace Jr., and Kasey Kahne.
Additionally, Harvick was one of two drivers who had his time disallowed, car chief ejected and will lose 10 championship points for failing three times. Kahne was the other driver.
Menard and Logano also had their car chiefs ejected as their cars failed twice.
“Most of the problems were centered around the body scan, but not all, some were mechanical measurements with the rear toe,” NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller said. “We’re disappointed in this, but we’re certainly confident in our process.
“The teams didn’t do a real good job here today. If 27 of them can do it right, the other 13 can do them right.”
Daniel Suarez, who was third fastest, and Denny Hamlin, who originally qualified seventh, were the only two in the first seven cars to pass inspection.
This is just the second time this year NASCAR has had a two-day Cup schedule, meaning NASCAR did not put the cars through tech before qualifying. Only three cars failed at Chicago, the first weekend using that procedure.
“Three failures at Chicago, equated to ‘we need to get more aggressive,’ and more aggressive didn’t cut it today for them,” Miller said.
This is what the first post-qualifying inspection line produced:
|Daniel Suarez||Kevin Harvick|
|Martin Truex Jr.||Kyle Busch|
|Denny Hamlin||Kyle Larson|
|Ross Chastain||Joey Logano|
|Ty Dillon||Austin Dillon|
|Matt Kenseth||Bubba Wallace|
|JJ Yeley||William Byron|
|Michael McDowell||Jimmie Johnson|
|Matt DiBenedetto||Paul Menard|
|Erik Jones||Aric Almirola|
|Alex Bowman||Kasey Kahne|
|Ryan Newman||Clint Bowyer|
|Reed Sorensen||Ryan Blaney|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|