The six Series Cup teams received penalties against the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. NASCAR expelled multiple crew members after five of the test entries failed twice and one failed three times.
Cup Series entries underwent pre-race screening on April 1 before practice and qualifying sessions on April 2. Justin Haley’s No. 31 entry failed three times, featuring meaning he’s lost a crew member and won’t be able to post qualifiers. He’ll start at the back of the 37-car field and the team won’t get a chance to pick a bunker stall.
Number 17 by Chris Buescher, number 16 by AJ Allmendinger, number 3 by Austin Dillon, number 47 by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Bubba Wallace’s number 23 both failed twice. They will all be able to qualify, but each team loses a crew member and the ability to pick a booth.
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Toyota Owners 400 will take place on Sunday, April 3. FOX will report at 3:30 p.m. ET with Mike Joy, Clint Bowyer and Chad Knaus in the booth. They will call to action when the driver completes 400 laps.
Wallace will miss many crew members
Driver number 23 will enter the race weekend without the four key members of the team. He will be without a crew member after two failed tests at Richmond Raceway. He will also compete in the race without his captain above the pit box and the other two members on the other side of the pit lane wall.
NASCAR announced on March 29 that team 23 violated Section 10.5.2.6 of the NASCAR Rule Book: Losing or separating an improperly installed tire/wheel from the vehicle. As a result, team leader Robert “Bootie” Barker, hunter Caleb Dirks and rear tire changer Adam Riley will all miss the next four points-paying events.
Wallace will now attend the Richmond Raceway for the eighth time of his Cup Series career, and he will do so without many key members of his team. He will try to win the short track after finishing in the 12th best overall of his career in the second race of 2019.
Haley’s part has consistently outstanding performances
The 2022 Cup Series season is Haley’s first season as a full-time driver and he has the goal of taking Kaulig Racing to the knockout stages. He is currently below the limit with 121 points, but he has completed every pay-off race driving the number 31.
Haley has had a consistent track record throughout the 2022 season, finishing in the top 25 in every race. He finished 23rd in a row in the Daytona 500 and Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway before starting a four-man lap in the top 20.
The trip to the reconfigured Atlanta Motor Freeway was Haley’s best performance of the year. He finished 22nd overall before racing to finish in 11th. He finished 21st in the championship standings and then stayed there after finishing 15th at the Circuit of the Americas.
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