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Pole-Sitter Denny Hamlin Among Drivers Starting From Rear at Homestead

Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin is among the four drivers who will start from the rear for today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3:48 p.m. ET green flag on Fox).

Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota was a late add to the list due to unapproved adjustments. Hamlin is the defending winner at Homestead.

Also starting from the rear:  Alex Bowman (unapproved adjustments), Corey LaJoie (unapproved adjustments) and James Davison (two inspection failures) will move to the rear for the green flag.

Bowman would have started 13th, LaJoie would have started 25th and Davison was set to start 29th.

LaJoie will have NBC Sports analyst and Spire Motorsports consultant Steve Letarte as crew chief on his No. 7 Chevrolet today. Regular crew chief Ryan Sparks is missing the race due to COVID-19 protocols.

About the author

Daniel McFadin is a 10-year veteran of the NASCAR media corp. He wrote for NBC Sports from 2015 to October 2020. He currently works full time for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and is lead reporter and an editor for Frontstretch. He is also host of the NASCAR podcast "Dropping the Hammer with Daniel McFadin" presented by Democrat-Gazette.

You can email him at danielmcfadin@gmail.com.

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Why worry about a great commentator that may have an interest in a car. YOU are NOT going to legislate ethics. Get over it. NASCAR has made everything so pristine is this really racing? What ever happen to the days of Fireball Roberts; Joe Weatherly; Dale Sr.; Richard Petty; driving greats. Pull in victory circle with a little grease and grime on you. Now days we have 3 1/2 hours of commercials and 1 1/4 hours of racing.

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