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NASCAR Cup Series results at Pocono: Chase Elliott declared winner after Danny Hamlin disqualifies Kyle Busch

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In amazing development NASCAR announced Sunday night that Chase Elliott was declared the winner of the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway after Denny Hamlin’s and Kyle Busch’s cars failed post-race technical inspections.

After Hamlin took the checkered flag in Sunday’s race, with Kyle Busch just behind him in second place, both Joe Gibbs Racing cars failed post-race inspections, resulting in both drivers being disqualified from Sunday’s race. As a result, Elliott, who crossed the line in third, was declared the winner under NASCAR rules.

The victory will be Elliott’s fourth of the 2022 season and the 17th of his career. This is the first time that a Cup Series race winner has been disqualified for failing a post-race check since NASCAR resumed the practice of disqualifying cars that were deemed illegal in 2019.

M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 Results

  1. #9 – Chase Elliott
  2. #8 – Tyler Reddick
  3. house number 99
  4. #20 – Christopher Bell
  5. #5 – Kyle Larson
  6. #34 – Michael McDowell
  7. #19 – Martin Truex Jr.
  8. house number 23
  9. house number 43
  10. #3 – Austin Dillon

According to NASCAR, the violations on the No. 11 Hamlin-driven Toyota and the No. 18 Bush-driven Toyota involved front fascia aerodynamics, although Cup Series managing director Brad Morgan did not give details of what the violation was. in media comments.

“There really was no reason why some material was where it shouldn’t be. And it basically comes down to disqualification,” Moran said.

Teams Hamlin and Bush will have an opportunity to appeal the fine by noon on Monday, July 25, according to NASCAR. Both cars will be taken back to the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina for further inspection.

This marks the first time in 62 years that NASCAR has denied a driver a NASCAR Cup Series race victory due to a failed post-race technical inspection. In the April 1960 race at Wilson Speedway, Emanuel Zervakis was disqualified for having too much fuel, causing NASCAR to award the victory to Joe Weatherly.

This is also the first time that the top two finishers in a race have been disqualified. after a race at West Palm Beach in December 1955., when both Weatherly and runner-up Jim Reed lost their finishing positions due to illegal camshaft and illegal valves, respectively. The victory was awarded to Herb Thomas, who finished third.

Here’s a recap of Sunday’s race, written just after the checkered flag. Some details have been changed to reflect the official finish results:

Hamlin vs. Chastain part 3

After a quick pit stop allowed Ross Chastain to pass Kyle Busch during the green flag stop cycle, Hamlin fought his way into second and looked to pass Chastain when Ryan Blaney’s crash resulted in a 23 lap warning. go. This pushed Chastain and Hamlin side by side in the subsequent reboot, where things got really interesting.

At a disadvantage at the bottom of the track in Turn 1, Hamlin forcefully exited the turn by leaning against Chastain’s door as the two of them exited the turn side-by-side to take the lead. Hamlin’s aggressive move carried Chastain along the racetrack, where he hit the outer wall and then got into the path of Kevin Harvick, who spun Chastain and crashed into the inner wall.

Everyone assumed that Hamlin’s move was payback against Chastain for two incidents in the past two months in Gateway and Atlanta. In his account, Hamlin made it clear that he was going to stand his ground, given the way Chastain raced with him, as well as others.

“I mean, what did you want me to do? What did you expect from me?” Hamlin asked rhetorically in his interview after the race. “We have a position on him and he just ran off the race track… We’re just going to keep racing until we get respect from these guys.

“It’s not just that in the last 10 months we have crashed four times, twice in the lead. I’m at the end.”

Although Hamlin did not directly answer whether the score between him and Chastain was settled, Chastain appeared to accept it as such, admitting that Hamlin owed him.

“I think this is something I owe for a few months now,” Chastain told NBC Sports. “… I owe it and probably a few more months ago.”

Unfortunately, Hamlin’s move to Chastain did some collateral damage for a playoff-trying driver. Harvick’s contact with Chastain saw Harvick move up from fourth place to 29th. As a result, Harvick is now 83 points behind Martin Truex Jr. and is in last place in the playoffs on points with five races to go.

ty for your help

While Hamlin’s day saw him go all the way up and then down, his 23XI Racing team had a lot of ups and downs to deal with. After a qualifying crash on Saturday left Kurt Busch suffering from concussion symptoms, Kurt Busch was banned from NASCAR racing on Sunday morning. This meant that Ty Gibbs – NASCAR Xfinity Series star and grandson of Joe Gibbs – was to replace Bush and make his Cup debut in the No. 45.

Gibbs ran most of the laps of the race in his first run in the Cup car, but he was able to build on the experience by the finish line. Gibbs entered the top 15 at the end of the race before finishing in a respectable 16th place.

Whether Gibbs’ replacement services will continue to be in demand remains to be seen. Bush’s statement released on Sunday suggested that he aimed to return to competition next week in Indianapolis.

Race results

  • In third place, Daniel Suárez finished fifth in the top five for the year, setting a new career best for the top five in a single season. Suarez’s previous best result was four A’s in 2019.
  • While fifth place isn’t all that great for a rider of Kyle Larson’s caliber, his finish was significant that Sunday, marked by crew chief Cliff Daniels’ first race after a four-time disqualification for losing a wheel at Sonoma. With Daniels back at the top of the pit box, Larson led for the first time since Sonoma, lapping the field for 18 laps before finishing in the top 10.
  • Michael McDowell and Front Row Motorsports continue to show how far they’ve come. With a sixth-place finish, McDowell has continued to build on his all-time top 10 total and now has eight points for the year — exactly double what he scored in 2020, which was a career at the time. high for a longtime journeyman who is finally enjoying sustained success.
  • How quickly the narrative changes: Bubba Wallace entered the top 5, led the laps for the first time since Talladega in April, and finished eighth, the first consecutive top 10 in his Cup career. Wallace’s fourth top 10 for the year exceeds the amount he scored in all of 2021, and another will equal his career high in 2020.
  • Some of them needed to get into the top 10: Eric Jones saved his weekend after a massive points penalty and the loss of his crew chief to a technical foul by leading 11 laps to finish ninth. Austin Dillon finished 10th, scoring his first top 10 finish since Darlington back in May.
  • Alex Bowman finished 11th to get back on track, locking a two-race DNF crash streak, as well as scoring his best since the Coca-Cola 600 in May.
  • Harrison Burton is starting to appear regularly in this section of our review. Using an alternative strategy early in the race, Burton led multiple laps for the fourth week in a row. He later finished 23rd as the top rookie after an early crash ruined Austin Sindrik’s race.

next race

The NASCAR Cup Series kicks off next weekend as they travel to the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for their second ever infield race. The Verizon 200 at the Brickyard will take place next Sunday at 2:30 pm ET.


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