Elliott defeats Pocono after Hamlin and Bush is disqualified

Long Pond, PA (AP) — Pool Hall Sirens in Dawsonville, Georgia, ring every time Chase Elliott wins the race, actually on Sunday night without local stars leading the lap on the Pocono Raceway. It rang.

“Winner, winner Joe Gibbs Racing is a scammer!” The Dawson Building Pool Room Tweeted..

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin abandoned Pocono’s victory in a special decision for the NASCAR Cup Series race, and teammate Kyle Busch was also disqualified for a runner-up due to Toyota’s failure to inspect.

Elliott jumped from third place and Hendrick Motorsport drivers won their fourth win of the season. He never led the lap on the No. 9 Chevrolet, and his car was also inspected by NASCAR.

Hamlin lost his record seventh victory at Pocono and his third victory of the season. Bush led the race’s best 63 laps.

NASCAR believed that the last disqualification of the apparent winner was on April 17, 1960, when Emmanuel Zelbakis’ victory at Wilson Speedway, North Carolina was abandoned due to a large fuel tank. rice field.

In a statement, Joe Gibbs said, “I was shocked to learn of the breach that caused the two cars to fail NASCAR’s post-race technical inspection. Reviewing all parts of the process that led to this situation. I plan to do it. “

Penalties could be appealed and both Toyotas were sent to NASCAR’s R & D center in North Carolina for further evaluation. NASCAR said the breach was not caught by pre-race inspection because the lap was not removed from the car until the end of the race.

“Several issues have been discovered that affect vehicle aerodynamics,” said Brad Moran, managing director of the NASCAR Cup Series. “There was really no reason why there was material in a place where it shouldn’t be, and it basically comes down to DQ.”

Moran said the part in question was the anterior fascia (essentially the nose cone) and the final decision “should be finalized by next week.”

Moran said the inspection “strengthened the rules” with the introduction of new cars this season. Most of the latest versions of NASCAR are kit cars. The team gets all the same parts from different vendors and has detailed instructions on how to combine them.

“We don’t want to talk about this issue here,” Moran said. “But the team, the owner, and everyone knew well that this new car would be maintained with fairly tight tolerances. All that other cars couldn’t follow the path they had in the past. There are several areas that the team is familiar with. “

The failure hurt what was JGR’s flagship day.

Hamlin seems to have won his third victory of the season, passing Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon with seven wins in most of his Pocono wins. Hamlin swept two races at Pocono during the 2006 rookie season, adding his wins in 2009, 2010, 2019 and 2020. He currently maintains a relationship with four NASCAR champions.

When Paul Sitter tagged the wall with the opening lap, Hamlin had a lot to do from the beginning. He recovered — 400 miles in a 2 1/2 mile trioval, with many races ahead — and had to see Bush lead most of the races. Oh, and then there was this annoying problem of resolving a protracted score with Los Chastain.

Chastain destroyed Hamlin twice in the first month of the season — Hamlin counted two more times since last season — and was fed up with the aggressive driving of watermelon farmers. Hamlin refused to give his rivals an inch behind the restart at Pocono and pushed Chastain into the wall with the remaining 16 laps of the race. Chastain struck a wall, caused a wreck, and gathered several drivers, including the unvictorious Kevin Harvic, who was fighting for a place in the playoffs.

“What did you want me to do? What did you expect me to do?” Hamlin asked shortly after.

Chastain, who has won two trackhouse racing wins this season, was scheduled for a revival that was understood like a sheep.

“I think it’s something I’ve been renting for months,” Chastain said.

Hamlin got the last word, well the latest word, but does it crush their beef? Probably not, but as the wife of Justin Marks, the owner of Chastain’s racing team, tweeted, “On the game.”

Hamlin also lost his relationship with NASCAR’s career winlist and former teammate Tony Stewart at 49.

“We were just good friends, and he’s certainly the one I admire in terms of talent,” Hamlin said. “He was a man who was a threat to win 36 races. That’s what I want someday.”

Hamlin is pretty close: he is a three-time Daytona 500 champion and part-owner of 23XI Racing with Michael Jordan. The only downside to his resume is the championship he didn’t win and the first DQ of his cup career.

Hamlin’s young daughter shed tears of joy and sent her to regain the checkered flag. Taylor Hamlin grabbed his flag, sliding through his passenger-side window, driving his dad and taking a winning lap around Pocono.

Hamlin tweeted a photo of her daughter holding the flag and wrote: Good luck to get it back.. “

NASCAR could say the same to him about his championship trophy.

TY game

Ty Gibbs finished 16th in 23XI Racing in the first career cup of injured Kurt Busch.

Bush suffered a head injury during a qualifying blow on Saturday and was not allowed to participate in the race by NASCAR medical staff. That opened the door for 19-year-old Gibbs. In a pinch, Joe Gibbs’ grandson wore Bush’s fire suit and Hamlin’s shoes.

“I didn’t expect to compete with these guys,” Gibbs said. “It was just cool to be next to them on the track. For Ty, 10 years old, that means a lot.”

Grandpa was pretty proud.

“He was disappointed that he couldn’t get any more from it,” Gibbs said. “I think he understands how difficult it is.”

Do not trade at all

Gibbs continued to worry that JGR had not yet reached new contact with Kyle Busch.

“We had several companies, but I thought it was a disappointment for us,” Gibbs said. “But it’s difficult and discouraging.”


IndyCar and NASCAR will share on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend. IndyCar will race on the road course on Saturday. NASCAR will race on Sunday.


Other AP Auto Racing: https: //apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports