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Denny Hamlin’s Crew Chief Chris Gabehart Suspended 4 Races After Ballast Issue

Chris Gabehart, crew chief for Denny Hamlin in the NASCAR Cup Series, has been suspended for the next four races of the season after losing ballast from his car Sunday (May 24) at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

As Hamlin was leaving pit road, two ballasts fell out of the No. 11 car, with Aric Almirola hitting one of the ballasts while trying to avoid the other one that fell out.

As a result, Gabehart, along with car chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons, have been suspended for the next four races. The next race that Gabehart, Griffeth and Simmons can be at the race track is at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Hamlin won the iRacing Pro Invitational Series race this season.

Hamlin finished 29th at Charlotte, seven laps off the leaders.

Cup will be back at Charlotte at 8 p.m. ET with the Alsco 500K on Fox Sports 1.

About the author

Jared Haas joined the Frontstretch staff in May 2020. A graduate of Cedarville University in December 2019, Jared has been a NASCAR fan since 2006. Jared has worked with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2023.

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