Two's company, three's a crowd. And five? That would be NASCAR's version of "time out" at the Dover International Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be one of those drivers.
"That's right, I will experience it," Earnhardt, Jr. told Motorsport.com. "We had some trouble getting through tech. We'll just have to do our time, and hopefully we'll have a pretty good practice in the morning."
NASCAR is taking a hard line with teams that fail inspection. Just ask Joey Logano. NASCAR slapped Logano with a 55-minute penalty, but almost like adding insult to injury, made Logano serve the time last week in New Hampshire, sitting in his car on pit road, helmet on, engine off.
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"I just think it makes our sport look dumb. I do. Like I said, it's kind of a joke. I don't get it, personally. I think we can accomplish the same thing in a more professional manner," Logano said in remarks reported by NBC Sports at the time.
Earnhardt, Jr. was even more disgusted when it happened.
Now it's Earnhardt's turn. He'll serve a 15-minute penalty after the #88 Hendrick Motorsports team failed inspection twice at New Hampshire.
"We had a really great car when we unloaded so that gives me a little comfort because we did unload pretty fast. I like the car this morning. Hopefully, it will be pretty decent tomorrow (Saturday) in the first practice. If we were struggling or our car was way off, I'd be nervous -- real nervous about it."
He'll have plenty of company in time out. Earnhardt, Jr. will be joined by Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson, Matt Kenseth and Brett Moffitt.