5 drivers who will start from back of the field at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Five drivers will be forced to start from the rear of the field for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2 p.m ET, FS1).
After an eventful weekend leading up to today's race at the two-mile oval, see why these five will be out back when the green flag flies.
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Johnson spun in the late stages of Saturday morning's second practice session, causing damage to the front-end of his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after hitting the infield grass with the splitter.
"I got loose into Turn 3 and fought it for a long time and unfortunately came around," Johnson said. "Did a nice job of keeping it off the outside wall, but came back down the hill and into the grass and the front end dug in pretty good."
The team pulled out the backup car roughly 30 minutes prior to the final practice session, as efforts to repair the car were to no avail.
Johnson was supposed to start 13th.
It was announced Sunday morning that the rookie Joe Gibbs Racing driver will start at the back after a tire change on his No. 19 Toyota.
Dillon and the No. 13 Germain Racing team received a penalty from NASCAR after their qualifying time was disallowed due to an unapproved body modification during Friday’s Monster Energy Series qualifying session.
The rookie driver was originally going to start 24th.
Allmendinger had the worst luck in Saturday’s final practice session at Michigan International Speedway as he pancaked the right side of his No. 47 Chevy after making heavy contact with the Turn 2 wall with less than 15 seconds remaining. The team will have to go to a backup car and will forfeit their 25th-place starting spot.
Allmendinger said he had no indication the tire was going down.
“The left rear tire blew and I crashed,” he said after the wreck.
Friday's 85-minute pre-qualifying practice session came to an early end when Cassill backed his No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford into the Turn 2 wall with less than three minutes remaining. He failed to take time in qualifying as his team prepared the backup car.