Ahead of tonight’s NASCAR Cup Series Round of 12 opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, playoff drivers Martin Truex Jr. and William Byron will have to start at the rear of the field for failing pre-race technical inspection twice.

Byron was scheduled to start from third position, while Truex was originally supposed to take the green flag in fourth.

Joining Byron and Truex at the rear of the field are Aric Almirola (scheduled to start 17th) and JJ Yeley (last). Yeley’s No. 66 MBM Motorsports entry failed a third time, and will have to make a pass through penalty once the green flag waves. His car chief Ty Brazeal has been ejected from the track.

Going to rear for 2x tech failures are Byron, Truex, Almirola and Yeley. Byron, Truex, Almirola have gotten through on third time (haven‘t heard yet on Yeley).

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 26, 2021

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