NASCAR and Joe Gibbs Racing Reveal Reason for Disqualification

NASCAR and Joe Gibbs Racing revealed on Monday what led to the disqualification of cars Denny Hamlin And the Kyle Bush After the Cup race on Sunday at the Pocono Raceway.

NASCAR has stated that “extra layers of vinyl” on the undercarriage of cars are the culprit.

The lower fascia is the lower part of the car’s nose. attached to the splitter.

Wally Brown, competition director at Joe Gibbs Racing, said in a statement Monday afternoon, “One piece of clear tape was placed over each of the front end lower corners (for Hamlin and Busch cars) prior to the left- and right-hand front wheel slots on both cars. The added pieces were 2 inches wide, 5 inches long, and 0.012 inches thick and screwed under the casing.”

Brown went on to say in the statement: “This change to our build process has not been properly vetted within our organization and we understand it is against NASCAR rules. We apologize to everyone for this error, and we’ve made changes to our processes to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Brad Moran, managing director of the Cup series, said Sunday night that the modifications “affect the air of the car.”

Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, spoke more about the penalty Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio after Joe Gibbs Racing has not filed an appeal before the deadline. Chase Elliott is the winner of Sunday’s racewhile Hamlin is credited with a 35th place finish and Busch is credited with the last 36th place finish.

NASCAR said Sunday night that the problem was found in a post-race inspection. That’s when NASCAR removes part of the vehicle’s casing during a rip. Series officials do not remove the car’s wrapping in a pre-race inspection as this would force the team to reapply the wrap after the inspection.

Miller explained doing a post-race check on the track.

“Our procedures are to take a 1st and 2nd place car and a random car, sometimes random, sometimes not, and do it after the race on them,” Miller said. “All the first five cars go through a checking process, and they go back through the OSS and make sure they are correct. … the top five cars are always checked, but the first and second cars go through a complete disassembly process at the racetrack.”

SiriusXM NASCAR Radio host Dave Moody asked Miller about putting Elliott’s car through a complete teardown in the track once it became clear that the top two cars would be disqualified.

“The inspection is done, I’m not sure if the (team) conveyor was still in the assumptions when we did. That car was finished checking out in the top five inspections.”

Miller also said that NASCAR will not inspect Joe Gibbs’ racing cars Christopher Bellwho took fourth place, and Martin Truex Jr.who ranked seventh.

“That ship has sailed,” Miller said. “It’s one of those deals where we can’t examine the entire field on that level of scrutiny or we’ll be there until around Wednesday or Thursday.”

David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development, issued a statement about the disqualification.

“Toyota and TRD are disappointed by the disqualification that occurred at the end of Sunday’s Pocono Cup Series,” Wilson stated. “However, as we mentioned during Operation Next Generation, we commend NASCAR’s extreme vigilance when it comes to observing the rules for this new race car. We have been in close contact with Joe Gibbs Racing and they have acknowledged that the tape added to the front end for #11 and # 18 was not permitted under NASCAR rules.

“We stand by the team’s decision not to appeal disqualification decisions and we also continue to stand by NASCAR’s efforts to maintain a fair playing field for everyone who competes in the series.

One of the major problems with NASCAR penalties is that violations of Hamlin and Busch’s cars were found on the track, resulting in disqualification.

NASCAR punished Brad Kiselowski and Rosh Fenway Keselowski 100 points each, Crew Chief Matt McCall fined and McCall suspended four races To modify the single source supplied part. That offense Found at the NASCAR Research and Development Center. NASCAR does not issue disqualifications for the offenses there because these inspections usually take place a day or two after the race.