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Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones to Start From Rear at Bristol

The drive toward victory in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be a bit tougher for three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers. The cars of Denny HamlinKyle Busch and Erik Jones each failed pre-race technical inspection on Saturday (Sept. 19), relegating each of them to the rear of the field to start the event. 

While Jones is not in the NASCAR Playoffs, it does put Hamlin and especially Busch in a precarious position of advancing to the round of 12.

Busch enters Saturday in ninth place in the standings, 18 points above the cut line. 

Hamlin enters Bristol in third place in points and is likely safe from elimination.


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