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Inspection Complete: Kyle Larson Officially Wins Inaugural Cup Race at Nashville, Chase Elliott Disqualified

Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Valvoline Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE celebrates his victory Sunday, June 20, 2021, after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the fourth win in a row for Larson. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Post-race technical inspection following Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway has been completed.

Kyle Larson’s race-winning No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro has passed. As a result, NASCAR has declared Larson and his team the official winners of the race. This is Larson’s 10th-career win, fourth points-paying win of 2021, and it’s his third-consecutive win in a NASCAR Cup Series points paying race.

Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro was found to have five unsecured lug nuts (the original report from NASCAR stated four), which will result in a disqualification. Elliott was originally credited with a 13th-place finish, but will now be scored in 39th.

Elliott will also lose the Playoff point gained from his Stage 1 win on Sunday. That Stage point will go to Kurt Busch, who will now be credited with winning Stage 1 of the Ally 400.

Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry had one unsecured lug nut. That will result in a monetary fine for his crew chief.

No other issues were discovered in post-race inspection, which means all results and standings following Sunday’s race, once they reflect Elliott’s penalty, are now considered official.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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