Engine changes will force the Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing duo of Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya to go to the rear of the field to start today’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both EGR drivers are powered by Hendrick Motorsports engines.
This morning, Mark Garrow of PRN Radio (which covers events at Speedway Motorsports, Inc.-affiliated tracks such as LVMS) tweeted that on Friday, both the No. 1 of McMurray and the No. 42 of Montoya suffered transmission problems that eventually led to the cars’ engines blowing as they were being warmed up.
Prior to the engine changes, both drivers were slated to start in mid-pack after Friday’s qualifying session was scratched due to rain (the grid was subsequently based mostly off last year’s owner points as a result). McMurray was to go off 23rd, while Montoya was originally 25th in the lineup.