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Denny Hamlin to Lose Crew Chief, Car Chief and Engineer For Four Races After Losing Ballast

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 24: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx SupportSmall Toyota, during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2020 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

As expected, after Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota Camry launched a couple of tungsten ballasts out from under it during the pace laps of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR has handed out severe penalties to the Joe Gibbs Racing team.

Crew chief Chris Gabehart, car Chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons have all been suspended for the next four NASCAR Cup Series events.

NASCAR senior Vice President of competition Scott Miller Stopped by SiriusXM NASCAR radio to discuss why the penalty for dropping a ballast is so severe.

“That’s a very, very severe safety thing,” said Miller. “Those chunks of ballast are huge. We have actually seen those hit race cars. Fortunately, we haven’t had any injuries from it.”

Hamlin, who has two wins so far in 2020, finished 29th in Sunday’s race, eight laps off the pace.

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2 thoughts on “Denny Hamlin to Lose Crew Chief, Car Chief and Engineer For Four Races After Losing Ballast Leave a comment

  1. this is just pure insanity at best WHY ??? does guys like Gibbs and Hendrick etc put up with this Crap I just don’t get it
    its just pure BS

  2. It’s very clearly in the rule book what the consequences of this would be. Clearly written out.

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