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Hamlin, Busch DQ’d; Elliott Named Pocono Winner

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Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin had apparently won at Pocono on Sunday. Nope. He was DQ’d by NASCAR.(File photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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(This story has been updated by Monday events)

Denny Hamlin, who had apparently won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, was subsequently disqualified by NASCAR

Also DQ’d was runner-up and Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Kyle Busch.

Named the race winner was Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott.

Hamlin and Busch were disqualified following post-race inspection.

The win is the fourth of the season for Elliott.

It appeared that Hamlin had easily held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Busch to get the victory.

But Hamlin’s apparent third win of the season, and a record seventh at Pocono, was taken away.

On Monday, Wally Brown , Director of Competition for Joe Gibbs Racing issued the following statement on the penalty:

“In our review of the post-race infractions on the 11 and 18 cars at Pocono it was discovered that a single piece of clear tape was positioned over each of the lower corners of the front fascia ahead of the left-front and right-front wheel openings on both those cars. The added pieces were 2 inches wide and 5 ½ inches long with a thickness of 0.012 inches and installed under the wrap. This change in our build process was not properly vetted within our organization and we recognize it is against NASCAR’s rules. We apologize to everyone for this mistake, and we have made changes to our processes to ensure that it does not happen again.”

The disqualifications mean Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick will earn a second-place result, and Trackhouse Racing’s Daniel Suárez is third.

JGR driver Christopher Bell (fourth) and Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson (fifth) complete the new top five.

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NASCAR Cup Series Race

Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Sunday, July 24, 2022

  1. (3)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 160.
  2. (16)  Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 160.
  3. (9)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 160.
  4. (11)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, 160.
  5. (4)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 160.
  6. (25)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 160.
  7. (8)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 160.
  8. (7)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 160.
  9. (34)  Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 160.
  10. (15)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 160.
  11. (17)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 160.
  12. (18)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 160.
  13. (12)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 160.
  14. (26)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 160.
  15. (13)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 160.
  16. (10)  Ty Gibbs(i), Toyota, 160.
  17. (32)  Cole Custer, Ford, 160.
  18. (19)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 160.
  19. (23)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 160.
  20. (14)  Joey Logano, Ford, 160.
  21. (30)  Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 160.
  22. (27)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 160.
  23. (28)  Harrison Burton #, Ford, 160.
  24. (22)  Noah Gragson(i), Chevrolet, 160.
  25. (29)  Todd Gilliland #, Ford, 160.
  26. (36)  Cody Ware, Ford, 160.
  27. (24)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 160.
  28. (33)  JJ Yeley(i), Ford, 159.
  29. (5)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 158.
  30. (35)  BJ McLeod(i), Ford, 158.
  31. (20)  Austin Cindric #, Ford, 154.
  32. (21)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, Accident, 142.
  33. (6)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, Accident, 135.
  34. (31)  Josh Bilicki(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 35.
  35. (1)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 160.
  36. (2)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 160.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  122.459 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 15 Mins, 59 Secs. Margin of Victory:  .927 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  9 for 37 laps.

Lead Changes:  15 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Busch 1-12;K. Larson 13-30;H. Burton # 31-34;C. Bell 35-48;K. Busch 49-64;M. Truex Jr. 65-66;R. Blaney 67-73;E. Jones 74-84;B. Wallace 85-87;K. Busch 88-122;R. Chastain 123;D. Hamlin 124-126;B. Wallace 127;R. Chastain 128-142;D. Hamlin 143-160.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Kyle Busch 3 times for 63 laps; Denny Hamlin 2 times for 21 laps; Kyle Larson 1 time for 18 laps; Ross Chastain 2 times for 16 laps; Christopher Bell 1 time for 14 laps; Erik Jones 1 time for 11 laps; Ryan Blaney 1 time for 7 laps; Harrison Burton # 1 time for 4 laps; Bubba Wallace 2 times for 4 laps; Martin Truex Jr. 1 time for 2 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 5,9,99,12,43,24,19,4,7,34

Stage #2 Top Ten: 1,12,43,4,24,99,9,5,20,19

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