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Hamlin penalized following Coca-Cola 600

NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 - Qualifying
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 24: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx SupportSmall Toyota, during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2020 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin, driver of the no. 11 FedEx Toyota has been penalized following the Coca-Cola 600 for an infraction involving a ballast that fell out of his car at the start of the 600-mile race.

Per the penalties Safety Section of the NASCAR Cup Series, which focuses specifically on the loss or separation of added ballast from a vehicle, Hamlin’s crew chief Chris Gabehart will be suspended for four Cup points races, along with car chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons.

The penalty takes Gabehart, Griffeth and Simmons out of Wednesday night’s Alsco Uniforms 500k, May 31’s Food City 500 at Bristol, June 7’s Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta and June 10’s Blue Emu 500 at Martinsville.

Any word on who will replace the three suspended crew members is TBA.

Hamlin finished 29th, 7 laps down in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 and currently sits eighth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings but is locked into the Playoffs with two wins in 2020, coming at Daytona and Darlington.


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