After his car failed pre-race tech inspection three times at Indianapolis, William Byron will have to serve multiple penalties.
Byron won’t get to turn a qualifying lap and will start 39th. Then, at the start of the NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, he will have to pass through pit road under green.
Byron will still get to practice Saturday. However, his team will be absent a crew member for the rest of the weekend.
Since 2014, a driver has started 26th or worse and won only eight times – including Chris Buescher at Richmond two weeks ago.
A driver hasn’t won from as far back as 39th since Bobby Labonte in the penultimate race of 2001 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Byron’s worst starts in 2023 have been 32nd in Fontana, 26th at Sonoma and 22nd in Chicago – the latter two also being road course races. In those races, he finished 25th, 14th and 13th, respectively.
The Verizon 200 at The Brickyard goes green just after 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT (Broadcast: NBC [with some exceptions], SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)