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Martin Truex Jr. to start from the rear at Kansas

The No. 19 NASCAR Cup Series car driven by Martin Truex Jr. will move to the rear for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Kansas Speedway because of two inspection failures before the race.

The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was originally set to start the race in the fifth position on the grid, but it will drop to the back during pace laps.

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“It’s not optimum,” Truex Jr. said in a pre-race media session. “It’s not what you are hoping for. I don’t know. We will see. We have done it a lot this year. It is what it is. We will deal with it. This place, fortunately, there are a lot of lanes that you can run, really the whole race track works. You just have to go where they are not and pick them off one-by-one.”

Truex, who is in the Round of 8 and has qualified for the Championship 4 in each of the past three seasons, enters Sunday’s race 10 points below the playoff cutline. In 24 career races at Kansas, Truex has two wins, 11 top-10 finishes and an average finish of 13.4.

The No. 53 Ford driven by James Davison will also drop to the rear for two inspection failures. The Rick Ware Racing entry was originally slated to start 33rd.