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Video: Denny Hamlin Loses Eight Laps After Dropping Tungsten Ballast During Pace Laps

You couldn’t have drawn up a worse start for the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team than what happened during the pace laps of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600.

As Hamlin left pit road and blended onto the banking of turn one, a large chunk of tungsten flew out from under his No. 11 Toyota Camry.

NASCAR would force the No. 11 car back to pit road to reinstall another piece of tungsten so that the No. 11 car would be the correct weight. Hamlin spent eight laps on pit road to start the race, but that won’t be the worst of things.

The penalty in the NASCAR rule book for dropping a weight ballast from your car is severe.

Hamlin will likely be without his crew chief, car chief and head engineer for the next four NASCAR Cup Series events. NASCAR typically announces any post-race penalties early in the week.

Toby Christie View All

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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