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Chase Elliott wins Pocono.Denny Hamlin disqualifies Kyle Busch

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To Bob Pocclas
FOX Sports NASCAR Writer

Long Pond, Pennsylvania. — — Denny Hamlin I thought he won his 7th Pocono Raceway Victory when first crossing the finish line on Sunday ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch..

But in a rare move — the first of its kind since 1960 — NASCAR disqualified the winner of the cup. NASCAR has discovered that both Hamlin’s winning car and Bush’s car have materials on the front fascia (car nose) that are not permitted by NASCAR rules. The material in question can affect the handling of the car.

Both Hamlin and Bush were disqualified and third-placed Chase Elliott was declared the winner.

JGR will need to decide whether to appeal by noon on Monday, which is likely and will be appealed this week.

“There was really no reason for the material to be where it shouldn’t be,” said Brad Moran, director of the NASCAR Cup Series. “And that basically comes down to DQ …. I can’t go into all the details about what the problem was.

“But both vehicles had the same problem. Unfortunately, we couldn’t pass the inspection.”

Hamlin’s final finish was 35th and Bush was 36th.

NASCAR will return the car to the R & D center, but at this time no additional penalties or suspensions will be issued to the Hamlin and Bush teams.

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch disqualified after Pocono race

A quick idea: NASCAR must have thought the JGR breach was terrible in order to disqualify the top two finish cars at Pocono on Sunday.

Joe Gibbs said in a statement that the team would evaluate what had happened. He didn’t say whether they would appeal.

“I was shocked to learn of the breach that caused the two cars to fail NASCAR’s post-race technical inspection,” Gibbs said. “We will review all parts of the process that led to this situation.”

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Here are three points from Pocono:

Leader Elliott

Elliott is currently leading Chastain by 105 points in the regular season title with five races remaining, as Ross Chastain and Ryan Blaney did not finish the race due to an accident.

The regular season champion will score 15 playoff points and the second driver will score 10. These playoff points are added to the driver’s reset total at the start of the playoff round and can make a big difference in whether a driver goes through the NASCAR postseason.

However, Elliott wasn’t interested in discussing regular season titles after the race on Sunday. He finished in 3rd place and thought he hadn’t won his fourth victory this year.

“We were lucky to be able to run third,” Elliott said. “That is, we need to be a little better. That’s my focus right now. How can we improve? How can we be better than those who beat us today?”

Hamlin-Chastain’s duel

Hamlin took the lead while fighting the enemy Chastain with 18 laps remaining. Chastain spun and crashed after being pinched by Hamlin towards the wall. Hamlin didn’t look back when he ran through the finish line in front of his teammates.

Chastain said he would not have thought Hamlin would have competed with him that way without a quarrel between Gateway and Atlanta.

“That’s coming,” Chastain said. “If I had been racing smarter two months ago, I would have had plenty of time from Turn 1. I knew it last month or two, but it’s too late.”

Hamlin said the way he was raced by Chastain and others determined how he would race.

“It’s a compliment to say that you don’t usually do that,” Hamlin said. “And I didn’t. I’m sorry I wanted to race hard. And I did. I just drove a truck and he ran out of real estate.

“This is just one part of the sport we have. NASCAR doesn’t go into these things because we want the driver to handle it.”

Denny Hamlin first crosses the finish line at Pocono

Denny Hamlin first crosses the finish line at Pocono

Denny Hamlin was disqualified after his first finish in the Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, overtaking Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.

Thai Gibbs Debuted as a sub of Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch was unable to race on Sunday after experiencing concussion-like symptoms following a crash in qualifying on Saturday. Doctors at Pocono Raceway did not allow him to race after re-examining him on Sunday morning.

As a result, Joe Gibbs’ grandson and winner of four Xfinity series races this season, Ty Gibbs, made his cup debut. Gibbs had never raced in a next-generation car, and after spending simulator time in North Carolina at 1:00 am on Sunday, he returned to Pocono to race.

He finished 16th in the race.

“I felt like I learned a lot,” said 19-year-old Gibbs. “I am very grateful. I was almost close to the top 15. I enjoyed the race with Brad. [Keselowski].. I didn’t expect to compete with these guys.

“It was cool to be next to them on the track, so for a 10 year old Thailand, that means a lot. I don’t think I would expect it.”

Bob Pocclas has spent decades covering motorsport, including the last 30 Daytona 500s. He joined FOX Sports in 2019 following his mission on ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene Magazine and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Bob Popclas.. Looking for more NASCAR content? Sign up for the FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Popklas!


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