NASCAR rejects rookie Cup Series driver after initially approving him

NASCAR rejects rookie Cup Series driver after initially approving him

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NASCAR rejected the entry of rookie driver James Davison after initially approving him for Sunday’s Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Rookie driver James Davison was supposed to drive the No. 77 car for Sunday’s race at Talladega. He was even included in NASCAR’s entry list. However, as NASCAR has to run races without practice or qualifying because of the restrictions posed by the coronavirus pandemic and also the 33-year-old Australian hasn’t driven on the track before, he was rejected on those grounds.

Davison said in a Spire Motorsports statement:

“I have been contacted by NASCAR and informed that although I was previously approved to race, they had to reconsider their position on superspeedways, given there won’t be practice or qualifying prior to Sunday’s race at Talladega. I was pumped about the opportunity to take the green flag, but I fully understand and appreciate NASCAR’s position. I’m approved to race next weekend at Pocono and equally thrilled to make my series debut there.”

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Davison will now make his debut at Pocono on June 27.  He is replaced by B.J. McLeod for the race at Talladega.


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2 thoughts on “NASCAR rejects rookie Cup Series driver after initially approving him”

    1. They have stated in the past that a driver can not have their debut race in a series on a restrictor plate race like Daytona and Talladega.

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