Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Inspection Complete: Ryan Blaney Officially Moves to Round of 8; Harvick Disqualified

Ryan Blaney Kevin Harvick Talladega post-race inspection update 2023 Yellawood 500
Ryan Blaney has been named the official winner of Sunday’s Yellawood 500 at Talladega following post-race inspection. Kevin Harvick was disqualified. Photo Credit: Sean Gardner, Getty Images

Ryan Blaney has a knack for pulling off photo finish wins at Talladega Superspeedway, and in Sunday’s Yellawood 500, he struck again as he edged Kevin Harvick out by 0.012 sec.

It marked the second win of the season for the driver of the No. 12 Team Penske driver, and it unofficially moved him to the Round of 8 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

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The win, and advancement to the Round of 8 was made official following post-race inspection. Blaney’s No. 12 Ford Mustang passed post-race tech with no issues, and NASCAR declared Blaney and his team the official winners of the race.

Kevin Harvick was the initial runner-up finisher in the race, but his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang failed post-race inspection, which resulted in a disqualification.

Harvick’s car was found to have infractions involving the windshield fasteners on his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang.

Harvick’s disqualification elevates William Byron to a runner-up finish, while Denny Hamlin, Corey LaJoie, and Austin Cindric rounded out the top-five finishers in the race.

No other issues were detected in post-race inspection, and all results and standings are now considered official.

NASCAR will be taking the No. 24, No. 11, No. 31, and No. 41 cars back to the NASCAR R&D Center for an Engine Dyno.

Official Race Results

Race Results: NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500 at Talladega

Updated Driver Standings

NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings

Updated Owner Standings

NASCAR Cup Series Owner Standings

Race Recap

Ryan Blaney Scores Third Talladega Victory in Photo Finish with Later DQ’ed Kevin Harvick

Video Highlights / Other Race Stories

Video: Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell Involved in Four-Car Crash to End Stage One

Video: Brad Keselowski Triggers Multi-Car Melee at Talladega on Lap 162

Video: Ryan Blaney Edges Kevin Harvick in Photo Finish; ‘The Big One’ Erupts Behind

NASCAR Disqualifies Kevin Harvick For Illegal Windshield Fasteners at Talladega

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 an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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