Pre-qualifying issue leads to loss of pit-stall selection for Matt Kenseth
The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Matt Kenseth received its fourth inspection warning of the year Saturday at Sonoma Raceway.
Per the NASCAR rulebook, as a result the team will lose its pit-stall selection for the Sunday’s Save Mart/Toyota 350 (FS1, 3 p.m. ET) and will get whatever pit stall is left after the other 39 teams chose their respective spots.
Kenseth’s car got the warning for a pre-qualifying inspection issue, NASCAR officials said.
During time trials at Sonoma, Kenseth qualified 23rd, while his three teammates all qualified in the top eight. Carl Edwards took the pole, with Denny Hamlin qualifying sixth and Kyle Busch eighth.
Road courses are not Kenseth’s specialty.
In 32 combined starts at Watkins Glen and Sonoma, Kenseth has led a total of just three laps and has never finished higher than fourth.