Chase Elliott wins at Pocono; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch disqualified

By Bob Pockrass
FOX Sports activities NASCAR Author

LONG POND, Penn. — Denny Hamlin thought he had earned his seventh Pocono Raceway victory when he crossed the end line first on Sunday, forward of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.

However in a uncommon transfer — the primary of its variety since 1960 — NASCAR disqualified a Cup winner. NASCAR discovered that each Hamlin’s profitable automobile and Busch’s automobile had materials within the entrance facia (the nostril of the automobile) that was not permissible by NASCAR guidelines. The fabric in query might affect how the automobile handles.

Each Hamlin and Busch have been disqualified, resulting in third-place finisher Chase Elliott being declared the winner.

JGR has till midday Monday to determine whether or not to enchantment, which is very probably, and the enchantment can be heard this week.

“There actually was no purpose why there was some materials that was someplace it should not have been,” NASCAR Cup Collection Director Brad Moran stated. “And that does principally come all the way down to a DQ. … I can not get into all the main points of what the problems have been.

“However each autos had the identical concern. And sadly, they weren’t acceptable to go inspection.”

Hamlin’s ultimate end was 35th, and Busch was 36th.

NASCAR will take the vehicles again to its analysis and improvement heart, however in the mean time, there are not any extra penalties or suspensions being issued to the Hamlin and Busch groups.

Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch disqualified after Pocono race

Quick Ideas: NASCAR will need to have thought the JGR violations have been egregious to disqualify the highest two ending vehicles Sunday at Pocono.

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Listed here are three takeaways from Pocono:

Elliott the chief

With Ross Chastain and Ryan Blaney not ending the race due to accidents, Elliott now has a 105-point lead over Chastain for the regular-season title with 5 races remaining.

The regular-season champion earns 15 playoff factors, and the second-place driver earns 10. These playoff factors are added to a driver’s reset complete at the beginning of playoff rounds and might make a giant distinction in whether or not a driver advances by means of NASCAR’s postseason.

However Elliott wasn’t desirous about discussing the regular-season title after the race Sunday, when he thought he had completed third and never earned his fourth victory of the yr.

“We have been lucky to run third,” Elliott stated. “Meaning we should be slightly higher, and that’s the place my focus is at proper now: how can we enhance, how can we turn out to be higher than the fellows who beat us in the present day?”

Hamlin-Chastain duel

Hamlin took the lead whereas battling nemesis Chastain with 18 laps remaining — Chastain spun and crashed after getting pinched towards the wall by Hamlin — and Hamlin by no means seemed again as he motored throughout the end line forward of his teammate.

Chastain stated he didn’t assume Hamlin would have raced him that manner in the event that they hadn’t had altercations at Gateway and Atlanta.

“I had that one coming,” Chastain stated. “If I had raced smarter two months in the past, I’d have had loads of room off Flip 1. I’ve realized that for the final month or two, and it’s too late for that.”

Hamlin stated the way in which he has been raced by Chastain and others has dictated how he races.

“It’s a praise saying I wouldn’t usually try this,” Hamlin stated. “And I wouldn’t. It’s unlucky as a result of I’d have liked to race arduous. And I did. I simply drove up the monitor, and he ran out of actual property.

“That is simply a part of the game that we’ve got. NASCAR doesn’t step into this stuff as a result of they need the drivers to deal with it.”

Denny Hamlin crosses end line first at Pocono

Denny Hamlin holds off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to complete first within the Cup Collection race at Pocono Raceway earlier than being disqualified.

Ty Gibbs debuts as sub for Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch missed the race Sunday after experiencing concussion-like signs following a crash Saturday in qualifying. The medical doctors at Pocono Raceway wouldn’t clear him to race after reexamining him Sunday morning.

That led to Ty Gibbs, grandson of Joe Gibbs and the winner of 4 Xfinity Collection races this season, making his Cup debut. Gibbs had by no means raced the Subsequent Gen automobile, and he received some simulator time in North Carolina at 1 a.m. Sunday earlier than flying again to Pocono to race.

He completed 16th within the race.

“I felt like I realized loads,” the 19-year-old Gibbs stated. “I’m very grateful. It was near virtually a top-15. It was enjoyable racing with Brad [Keselowski]. I by no means thought I’d race with these guys.

“It was simply cool being subsequent to them on the monitor. So to 10-year-old Ty, which means loads. I don’t assume I’d ever anticipate that.”

Bob Pockrass has spent many years protecting motorsports, together with the previous 30 Daytona 500s. He joined FOX Sports activities in 2019 following stints at ESPN, Sporting Information, NASCAR Scene journal and The (Daytona Seaside) Information-Journal. Observe him on Twitter and Instagram @bobpockrass. Looking for more NASCAR content? Sign up for the FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Pockrass!

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