Bubba Wallace NASCAR confirmed it will start from the stern in the Daytona 500 on Sunday after its 23XI race car failed a check twice.
NASCAR, the head of the team’s car, also expelled.
Wallace’s car on its third attempt passed through an inspection.
Wallace will give up his sixth place in his start with 23XI Racing, owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.
Wallace finished sixth at the start when he finished second in the qualification race on Thursday. Austin Dillon Wallace passed to win On the last lap.
Nothing but G thang..BAY BEH https://t.co/a5MItzbpw3
– BubbaWallace February 14, 2021
Wallace Chief of Staff Mike Wheeler also tweeted about the inspection issues:
Things have been almost going well this past week. So be it – get rid of it and come back to it. 500 miles long today. Looking forward to a great result. # DAYTONA500
– Michael Wheeler (MikeCWheeler) February 14, 2021
Wallace’s car is one of 10 cars that will roll back before the race begins.
Others go to the stern at first: Cole Custer (Backup car), William Byron (Backup car), Ross Chastain (Backup car), Brad Kisilovsky (Backup car), Chase Brisco (Backup car), Kaz Gala (Backup car), Anthony Alfredo (Backup car), Martin Trux Jr. (Radiator / Oil Cooler Change) f Eric Jones (Change the engine). According to the rulebook (single engine rule), Jones will also start at the back of next weekend’s race at the Daytona road track.