The Daytona 500 qualifying race featured two disqualifications…
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was disqualified from the Daytona 500 qualifying race on Sunday, along with Denny Hamlin.
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They were both disqualified due to their cars failing the post-race inspections. Earnhardt’s car was ruled to be too low on the left front while Hamlin’s car’s split was considered too wide.
Due to their disqualifications, the drivers will have to start in the back during the Budweiser Duel qualifying races, which puts them at a severe disadvantage.
Hamlin finished third in the qualifying race while Earnhardt finished 10th. Earnhardt is the defending Daytona 500 champion, and Hamlin became the only rookie to ever qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2006.
Earnhardt will have a deep hole to crawl out of if he hopes to defend his Daytona 500 title.
He expressed his disappointment with the disqualification on Twitter, and Sporting News released the news of this unfortunate event.
Failed post tech after qualifying. 1/8 low left front. That’s a shame. The boys will figure out why. Makes the duels a lot more interesting.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 15, 2015
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 15, 2015