This is the first time since NASCAR instituted a disqualification policy in 2019 that a cup winner has been disqualified.
The Associated Press reported that: NASCAR believed the last time an apparent winner was disqualified was on April 17, 1960when Emanuel Zervakis’ win at Wilson Speedway in North Carolina was discarded due to an oversized fuel tank.
Hamlin was credited with 35th. Busch was credited last in the 36-car field.
Joe Gibbs Racing can appeal the penalty. NBC Sports has contacted a spokesperson for the team. The team has until noon ET Monday to appeal. A hearing will be expedited and likely heard Wednesday to Thursday. It would be NASCAR’s goal to settle the case ahead of next Sunday’s Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway racetrack.
NASCAR found a problem with the front of both cars and stated that there was material that should not have been there.
Cup Series director Brad Moran told the media in Pocono that the matter discovered “vehicle aero” effects.
He also said that “there’s really no reason why there was material that was somewhere it shouldn’t have been. That actually comes down to a DQ.”
Moran said NASCAR would bring both vehicles to the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina. There the cars are further inspected.
NASCAR said it could not go into many details because the fine could be appealed.
NASCAR did state that this problem was found during the post-race inspection, because NASCAR then removes some of the casing from the car as part of the disassembly. NASCAR does not remove a car’s wrap during pre-race inspection.
The announcement was made about two hours after Hamlin crossed the finish line for Busch.
First comments from Cup Series director Brad Moran. pic.twitter.com/bm2NIUrNLo
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