The No. 54 Toyota failed to clear NASCAR technical inspection, despite multiple attempts.
According to crew chief Adam Stevens, the initial issue was the length of the wheel studs. Once that issue was fixed by the team, NASCAR then determined there was too much skew in the car, and failed the No. 54 Toyota again.
With a limited amount of time to make a qualifying attempt, Busch was never able to get on track and will start Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway in the 39th spot.
In the Natiownwide Series, the final starting spot is reserved for the most recent past champion that does not make the field on time or the next driver not locked into the field by being in the top-30 in owner points.
Since the No. 54 currently leads the owner points, he is locked into the field. The final starting spot will go to the No. 79 of Carl Long, as he is not in the top-30 in owner points.