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Inspection Complete: Denny Hamlin’s Race-Winning Car DQ’ed, Cole Custer Wins

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 30: Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Production Alliance Group Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway on August 30, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Post-race technical inspection following Saturday’s Sport Clips VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway has been completed. The race-winning No. 18 car of Denny Hamlin has failed post-race inspection. The car measured too low post-race. As a result, NASCAR has stripped the win from the No. 18 team, and Hamlin has been credited with a last-place finish.

Cole Custer, who finished second in the race, is the official winner of the race as his No. 00 car has passed post-race inspection.

This marks Custer’s first career win at Darlington Raceway and his sixth victory of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

NBC Sports’ Dustin Long tweeted video of Xfinity Series managing director Wayne Auton explaining the infraction on Hamlin’s car:

Updated Post-Race Stat Pack:

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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