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Preece fireplace was a ‘self-inflicted’ error by the crew


The hearth in Ryan Preece’s Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang Darkish Horse at Dover Motor Speedway was the results of a mistake by the No. 41 crew.

Drew Blickensderfer, who’s the crew chief of the No. 10 crew for Preece’s teammate Noah Gragson, defined there have been bolts that weren’t put in appropriately. Preece retired from the Wurth 400 after 66 laps due to smoke within the cockpit that the crew was unable to diagnose or repair on the spot.

“That was self-inflicted,” Blickensderfer stated. “That was the bolts between the headers and the collectors retaining all the things collectively. We had some points there amongst the groups on our facet. They weren’t put in appropriately and it was permitting the collectors to return disattached from the headers, sort of fall on that rocker field and trigger a difficulty.

“So, it was a self-inflicted error, a bit of change in course of that somebody didn’t catch. And it was near taking place on all of our automobiles, to be trustworthy with you.”

Preece was the primary driver out of Sunday’s race and completed final in thirty seventh place. Chase Briscoe completed nineteenth, Josh Berry completed 14th, and Blickensderfer guided Gragson to a sixth-place end.

A annoyed Preece stated on Sunday that the difficulty may have been prevented and was pointless, though he didn’t go into specifics on the time.

“They (the 14 crew) have been sadly the sufferer of it, however after we obtained again to the race store all of our automobiles have been near having an identical subject,” Blickensderfer stated. “So clearly that will get rectified shortly. The whole lot will get torn out of our Kansas automobiles and glued. I feel NASCAR has achieved a great job. I feel us as a gaggle, as a result of it was extra related for us final yr or the yr earlier than, we’ve taken lots of effort to maintain that from taking place.

“Knock on wooden, I feel we’re in a great spot with that. We simply have to verify we clear up our finish to verify the elements are put in appropriately.”

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