Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart’s second-position qualifying effort was disallowed Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
Stewart, who was second to Matt Kenseth in qualifying for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400, saw his time disallowed after his No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet failed post-qualifying inspection. Stewart’s car had an open cooling hose directed into the cockpit — an illegal configuration that violated NASCAR rule 20A-21.J. Nationwide Series polesitter Austin Dillon had the same issue earlier in the day and his time was disallowed, as well.
Now, instead of starting Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 from the front row, Stewart will start 42nd in the 43-car field. Any further penalities will be announced by NASCAR next week.