Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola lose pit selections

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR has disallowed pit selection for the Sprint Cup teams of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Aric Almirola after their cars failed inspection and accumulated four warnings prior to qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Because the violations occurred before pit stalls were selected, which takes place after qualifying, the penalties were assessed the current race event, in accordance with the NASCAR Rulebook.

“NASCAR considers the accumulation of warnings to be unacceptable,” Section 12.5.3.1d of the NASCAR rulebook states. “Accordingly, for every fourth warning a race team received, whether the events are championship or non-championship, it will result in a loss of pit selection as follows: If the fourth warning is issued before pit selection at a championship event, the loss of pit selection will be assessed at that event …”

Earnhardt Jr.’s team had been warned twice before Thursday after failing to meet templates as did Johnson’s team. Both teams then failed two additional times today to accumulate their third and fourth warnings. The 43 team of Almirola had two template failures and then received two warnings for laser inspection violations at Charlotte.

Based on their qualifying runs, Jimmie Johnson had the most to lose as his team would have picked seventh. Almirola’s team had the 20th pick and Earnhardt Jr.’s team would have picked 25th. The penalty does not affect their starting positions in the field, on Sunday.NASCAR12531D

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