CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR announced Joe Gibbs Racing will not appeal Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch’s disqualifications from Sunday’s M&Ms Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway.
Hamlin and Busch initially crossed the line first and second but their cars failed tech inspection for an infraction involving the aero properties of each car’s front fascia.
As NASCAR Senior VP of Competition Scott Miller elaborated Monday to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, the infraction was discovered when officials peeled back the wrap on each car during post-race tech inspection. Miller said they were ‘very surprised’ to find extra layers of vinyl under the wrap, which effectively modified an area of the lower nose.
Regarding the infraction, NASCAR Cup Series Managing Director Brad Moran initially said there was “no reason why the material was somewhere it shouldn’t have been”.
The cars will be taken to the NASCAR R&D Center for further review this week.
Chase Elliott’s win and the results of Sunday’s race will stand. Hamlin and Busch finished 35th and 36th, respectively.
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