Denny Hamlin’s Coca-Cola 600 was finished before it even started when two bricks used for ballast fell from his car during the lap, leading to a long pit stop before the race.
Tungsten blocks are installed on cars to ensure that they meet the minimum weight requirements and should be fully secure for safety.
Hamlin missed the first eight laps of the race when the weight was replaced, but managed to finish 29th in the 40-car field.
JIMMIE JOHNSON DISQUALIFIED OF COCA-COLA 600 SECOND PLACE FINISH AFTER FAILURE OF POST-RACE INSPECTION
The unusual sight of the 35-pound and $ 1,877 equipment bouncing off the track was filmed by Fox Sports and resulted in the suspension of three of the Hamlin team members.
It was announced on Monday that team leader Chris Gabehart, car chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons will all be absent from the next four races scheduled for Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Hamlin’s team Joe Gibbs Racing has said it will not appeal the decision.
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