Denny Hamlin’s crew faces 4 race ban for tungsten accident


Denny Hamlin The crew face a severe penalty after a mistake in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. “Data-reactid =” 16 “> Three members of Denny Hamlin’s crew face serious punishment after a mistake at Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

A piece of tungsten fell from Hamlin’s car during the speed tour preceding Sunday’s race in Charlotte, triggering a four-race automatic suspension for team leader Chris Gabehar, car chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons.

The 35-pound piece of tungsten was placed on the car so that it could meet the minimum weight requirements set by NASCAR. Hamlin had to wreak havoc after his fall to add weight to the car. He only joined the race after eight laps and finished 29th in 40 cars.

An error triggered a ban on four races for three of Denny Hamlin’s crew. (Photo AP / Ralph Freso)

The suspension is maintained despite the race correction

Despite the pit stop to comply with the regulations, the suspensions still comply with NASCAR rules calling for an automatic ban on four races when the tungsten ballast separates from the car at any time during the race. Joe Gibbs Racing is not appealing the suspensions, according to the Associated Press.

Former JGR team leader Cole Pearn told NASCAR on Twitter on Monday that he thought rusting out of the COVID-19 layoff may have played a role in the error.

“These guys have zero routine”

“I think it’s just the product of these guys who aren’t in a routine,” said Pearn. “I don’t think we can minimize the fact that putting these racing cars together and not dropping something – not having something that doesn’t break every week – how hard it is to do.

“A lot of the time, the thing that saves you is routine. These guys have zero routine right now. ”

Suspended crew members will miss races at Charlotte, Bristol, Atlanta and Martinsville scheduled for Wednesday to June 10 as NASCAR seeks to crowd events after the 10-week layoff for COVID-19.

eighth place in the NASCAR Cup standings. “Data-reactid =” 41 “> Sam McAulay, Eric Phillips and Scott Eldridge will replace the prohibited crew during these races. Hamlin won the Daytona 500 in February and ranks eighth in the NASCAR Cup standings.


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