LOUDON, N.H. — Something was off about Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevy. His crew chief Chad Knaus knew when they were prepping it for qualifying Friday for the Camping World RV Sales 301, even if he couldn’t necessarily put his finger on it.
“We saw that there was an issue,” Knaus said. “The left side was real high. The right side was real low . . . We knew that there was something that just wasn’t jibing right.”
And it turned out to be a problem that couldn’t be fixed. After scrambling to make it through pre-inspection, a failed post-inspection wiped out his time. The car was determined to be too low on both sides, meaning the five-time champion will start from the back Sunday.
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