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Inspection Complete: Byron Officially Wins COTA; Haley DQ’ed from 17th-Place

Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade, NKP, Courtesy of Ford Performance

Inspection following Sunday’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix is complete from the NASCAR Cup Series garage at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

William Byron, who dominated the race in his No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro for Hendrick Motorsports, has passed inspection per NASCAR officials, making him the official winner of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event from the 3.41-mile road course.

The victory is the 12th for Byron in the NASCAR Cup Series, all of which have come as a driver for Hendrick Motorsports, which extends its all-time leading mark with a 304th win at NASCAR’s top level. Additionally, the win makes the 26-year-old driver the first to win double-digit races with the seventh-generation car.

But, inspection is not “all clear” for the first time this season.

Justin Haley, who finished 17th in Sunday’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas for Rick Ware Racing, has been disqualified by NASCAR for not meeting post-race weights on his No. 51 Fraternal Order of Eagles Ford Mustang Dark Horse.

The Winimac, Indiana-native had been one of the best stories from Sunday afternoon, running inside the top-15 for much of the race before fading late in the going and recording a 17th-place finish, his best result of the NASCAR Cup Series season.

Now, Haley will be dropkicked to 39th place in the finishing results, with everybody who was originally classified behind the No. 51 moved up one spot. The inspection failure will cost the driver 19 points that he was originally allocated.

With the Rick Ware Racing entry put into its proper finishing position, race results, driver points, and owner points have all been updated to reflect these changes and are now deemed official.

William Byron, Christopher Bell, Ty Gibbs, Alex Bowman, and Tyler Reddick will remain the top-five finishers from Sunday’s 68-lap contest in Austin, Texas.

Ross Chastain will have his Trackhouse Racing entry taken back to the NASCAR R&D Center for further evaluation.

Race Recap:

William Byron Holds Off Christopher Bell to Complete Dominant Weekend at COTA

Race Results:

Race Results: NASCAR Cup Series EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at COTA

Driver Standings:

2024 NASCAR Cup Series Driver Point Standings

Owner Standings:

2024 NASCAR Cup Series Owner Point Standings

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