New: Pocono winner disqualified by NASCAR Denny Hamlin finished second to Kyle Busch, while Chase Elliott took the victory.

Pocono winner disqualified by NASCAR Denny Hamlin finished second to Kyle Busch, while Chase Elliott took the victory.

Initially, Denny Hamlin took the lead and cruised to his third victory of the year, followed closely by Kyle Busch in the No. 18. After a post-race examination, it was decided that Chase Elliott, who had initially come in third, had actually won the M&M's Fan Appreciation 400. Daniel Suárez rose to third place, Tyler Reddick to second, Christopher Bell to fourth, and Kyle Larson to fifth. The top 10 finishers were Michael McDowell, Martin Truex Jr., Bubba Wallace, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon.


The front fascia on both JGR entries was identified by NASCAR Cup Series Managing Director Brad Moran as the cause of the problems that led to their disqualification.


"Some problems were found that have an impact on the vehicle's aero. The front fascia was the component, Moran said on Sunday. And there was really no excuse for any content to have been present where it shouldn't have been, which essentially amounts to a DQ.


Both vehicles, according to Moran, have been placed into a NASCAR truck and will be returned to the sanctioning body's R&D facility for more testing.


By Monday, July 25 at noon, Joe Gibbs Racing will have the ability to contest the punishment.


Team owner Joe Gibbs issued a statement saying, "We were horrified to learn of the infringement that caused our two vehicles to fail NASCAR's post-race technical inspection." "We intend to examine every step of the procedure that produced this circumstance,"


The findings from Sunday's post-race inspection, according to Moran, do not immediately call for additional sanctions against the offending teams.


"We saw enough that the DQ was justified," Moran said. "We are bringing the vehicles back for additional assessment." We will thus examine both vehicles much more closely, but for the time being, we do not anticipate discovering anything new. When we return to the R&D Center, however, we will give them a closer inspection.


The disqualification is the first for a Cup Series champion since 2019 when NASCAR began enforcing stiffer post-race inspection penalties. Moran thinks that the transition of the series to the Next Gen vehicle has resulted in stiffer regulations, in part.


"It's regrettable. We don't want to be here discussing this, said Moran. We just watched an amazing race. The last thing we want to do is come back here later and discuss this issue. But the teams, owners, and everyone else are well aware that this new car was going to be maintained with some very tight tolerances, and there are some places where we cannot be continuing down the path that we had in the past with the other car, which all the teams are well aware of.


"Therefore, the new car and the stricter standards are partly to blame. Everyone is aware of our new rules, and they must be followed by everybody.


A total of 21 of the 160 laps, including the last 18 laps around the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania track, were led by Hamlin. Busch led the most laps in the race, 63. On the 36-driver results sheet, they were demoted to the bottom two positions.




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