For the first time in the modern history of the NASCAR Cup Series, a win has been taken away in post-race inspection.
Over an hour after the conclusion of Sunday’s (July 24) M&Ms Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway, NASCAR’s Brad Moran took to the stage and announced that both race winner Denny Hamlin and runner-up Kyle Busch had been disqualified due to front fascia aerodynamic infringements discovered in post-race inspection.
“There were some issues discovered [in post-race inspection] that affect aero,” said Moran, the part was the front fascia… there was no reason why there was some material somewhere it shouldn’t have been… both the [No.] 11, Denny Hamlin and the [No.] 18 of Kyle Busch have been DQ’d. Their vehicles are being loaded into the NASCAR hauler to go back to the R&D center. The final results have been changed.”
— Cole Cusumano (@Cole_Cusumano_) July 25, 2022
It is Elliott’s fourth win of the season and fifth consecutive top-two finish.
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Jack Swansey is an open-wheel racing editor at Frontstretch.com and co-hosts The Pit Straight Podcast, but you can also catch him writing about NASCAR, sports cars, and anything else with four wheels and a motor. Originally from North Carolina and now residing in Los Angeles, he joined the site as Sunday news writer midway through 2022 and is an avid collector (some would say hoarder) of die-cast cars.