An hour before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the cars of three of the four championship drivers had yet to pass technical inspection. The No. 18 team of Kyle Busch was the only one on the grid, and NBC Sports Network said the other cars failed three different times.
[A crew member congratulates Jeff Gordon after qualifying on pole for today’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports team qualified in four of the top five starting positions, with teammate and fellow Chase for the Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming in fifth. Photo credit: Getty Images]