Tyler Reddick will lead the field to the green flag at the Charlotte ROVAL. Reddick, who enters the weekend just two points below the cut line, took the best seat in the house with a lap of 102.839 mph in the second round of qualifying.
Hamlin had a quick lap going, but the driver of the No. 11 pushed the car too deep into the braking zone for the backstretch chicane and spun sideways, catching air over the large blue turtles.
Hamlin sat sideways in the middle of the chicane, and the car would not fire. NASCAR threw the red flag with 54 seconds left in the round, ultimately ending the round. Gibbs, who was also on the track, was not able to complete a lap.
Just missing out on the top 10, Martin Truex Jr. and Ross Chastain will line up 11th and 12th. William Byron and Ryan Blaney, both already locked into the Round of 8, are the next two playoff drivers in 14th and 17th.
Kyle Larson, who enters Charlotte seventh in the standings, had trouble near the end of practice. Exiting the infield portion of the course, Larson made heavy contact with the right front of his car into the outside wall of the quad-oval.
The cars of Larson, as well as Ty Dillon, who had crashed earlier in the practice session, were seen riding on the back of flatbed trucks in unusual fashion. Both teams are going to backup cars, so the teams are taking the primary cars back to their team shops for the switch. Larson’s car will also receive a new engine and transaxle due to damage.
The Bank of America 400 will start at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 8. The last race of the Round of 12 will air on NBC.
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