Denny Hamlin staged a amazing comeback at Darlington Raceway Sunday night time after lacking pit road with 54 laps final to win the Southern 500. however his No. eleven Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota may additionally have been a piece too precise for NASCAR’s necessities.
NASCAR announced Wednesday it has issued Hamlin’s crew a L1-level penalty following Darlington for violating sections 20.14.2 (rear suspension) of the NASCAR rule ebook.
As a result, Hamlin’s Cup collection win changed into laden and group leader Mike Wheeler has been fined $50,000 and suspended two races — Saturday at Richmond and the primary race of the playoffs Sept. 17 at Chicagoland Speedway.
The penalty also comes with the lack of 25 driver points and 25 proprietor factors, NASCAR introduced. Joe Gibbs Racing stated it’s going to now not appeal the penalty, that’s the game’s most extreme area. The reliable Darlington document will nevertheless list Hamlin as the winner however he can not use the 5 playoff factors that come with a win for the postseason.
Chris Gabehart, the crew leader for JGR’s No. 20 Xfinity collection group, will be Hamlin’s crew leader at Richmond.
Hamlin’s Xfinity group changed into also assessed an L1-level penalty for violating the identical rule in Saturday’s game Clips Haircuts VFW 2 hundred at Darlington. Hamlin received the race but it’ll additionally be weighted down, resulting in a $25,000 satisfactory and two-race suspension for group leader Eric Phillips.