NASCAR Cup teams still amazed at Pocono’s exclusion

by Bob Bocras
NASCAR FOX Sports writer

Indianapolis – Joe Gibbs Racing decided to have a little show and tell in NASCAR Cup Series Garage six days after winning a race-winning car and a second-place car postrace ineligible in Pocono.

just sitting next to Denny Hamlin The hauler had a nose with some vinyl tape (otherwise known as helicopter tape) strategically placed in the corners where it would attach to the spacer.

It was this piece that cost Hamlin the win in the Pocono, according to JGR. NASCAR wouldn’t go looking for verification and it probably wasn’t all he was happy that JGR was showing off his illegal nose for all to see.

View and tell JGR

View and tell JGR

Sitting outside the Joe Gibbs Racing tow wagon in Indianapolis, this 11-car gallery appears to be in Pocono.

JGR motivation can come from several areas:

  • She wanted to show how little was done to the nose of the car, in an effort to prove that even if it was illegal, it wasn’t a crime worthy of being ruled out.
  • He wanted to show the other teams what JGR had done so they wouldn’t make the same mistake.
  • She wanted to show she was transparent about how she was violating the rules.

There’s no doubt that having those bits of duct tape helped pull or pull the force off the car – they were placed on the car to aid maneuverability. But even the opposing crew chiefs pointed out that perhaps it wasn’t the main difference between Hamlin’s raison d’être and Kyle Bush He finished 1-2 before being disqualified.

So where does NASCAR go from here? NASCAR competition officials declined to comment over the weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway discussing penalties and philosophy.

NASCAR officials do not need to speak up to get the message across that they are willing to go as far as necessary to enforce what they feel is a violation of the rules.

“We’ve definitely seen a much worse way,” said Hamlin’s chief of staff, Chris Gebhardt. “I wasn’t expecting such a small wit… for something this small to escalate to this level, there’s no way that everyone in the garage wouldn’t be terrified.”

Chabhart swears he didn’t even know GGR was putting this tape on cars, which seems hard to believe.

“I am embarrassed to say, but it is actually like that, neither me nor any of my peers [as crew chiefs]He knew she was in the car. “This is a sport that takes thousands of hours a week by hundreds of people to put a car on the track any Sunday.

“And if we confine ourselves to the point where I need to know all about every nut and bolt, [our] 11 teams won’t be the winning team in the last three and a half years.”

With the new next-generation car, NASCAR said it will be serious when it comes to enforcing the rules because parts and parts come from single source vendors and cannot be changed.

How will Chase Elliott get the trophy from Denny Hamlin?

Pocono’s disqualifications made Chase Elliott the winner. But Eliot doesn’t seem interested in Denny Hamlin’s question about the Grail.

This led to the disqualification of the first cup winner in 62 years plus 100-point penalty kicks (plus 10 playoff points) to Brad Kiselowski Earlier this year the Michael McDowell Just last week.

“It’s overrated for what it was,” Bush said. “But I get to process this car and make sure the example is there, and they did the same with Brad’s team and [McDowell’s] Team.”

Hamlin, who also owns two Cup cars, gave a sort of “what is it” answer. He said he wasn’t angry about the violations and what JGR should have done if he broke the rules. He just knows it wasn’t a huge deal when it came to determining the finishing order.

“I thought we’d have one of the big Richard Petty engines in the car or something, but not this time,” Hamlin said. “It was a piece of tape, but it’s beautiful [insistent] That’s how they want to start with this new car.

“I just hope it’s compatible with everyone regardless of who wins the race.”

Hamlin said he understood that the JGR violation was for something added to a portion of the stock, and that Keselowski and McDowell’s penalties were for modifying a portion of the stock, which meant more points and a suspension (they could not be ruled out because their breaches were found two days later at the NASCAR Technology Center).

Other teams certainly took notice, though drivers said they didn’t go into the details of what their teams do to push the gray areas in the rulebook in hopes of leniency in Tech Bay or NASCAR admitting it’s not violating the rules – and then create a new rule to make sure it will be in the future .

The owners certainly did not want to be punished. They will not throw stones.

“I was glad it wasn’t us,” said car owner Roger Pinske, who owns the IndyCar chain. “We need a level playing field for all of us to race on. It’s the same for all the teams and all the drivers.

“I think I take my hat off to NASCAR, but they have to make sure it’s on the whole organization and industry level. But we’re glad we didn’t get involved in something like that. We had our time, too. So we have to sit in the back row in this row.”

Roger Pinske on disqualification of JGR

Roger Pinske on disqualification of JGR

Roger Pinsky responds to Joe Gibbs Racing’s disqualification at Pocono.

JGR said it would change procedures to try to avoid any problems in the future. The fact that the team did not appeal the penalty shows that it knows it was at fault.

But that doesn’t mean JGR engineers won’t spend many hours reviewing wind tunnel data and running simulations to try to get better.

“It’s all the details combined that make you better than anyone else,” said Chabhardt. “If you ask me, does this detail make the difference? The answer is ‘No’.”

“But it’s what this detail represents that definitely makes the difference between winning and losing.”

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think out loud

When NASCAR released Ross Chastain A 30-second penalty at the end of the race was the obvious call.

The rule can be ambiguous, but there is no way for the driver to cut off the track and advance in his position.

Punishing Ross Chastain was the right call

Punishing Ross Chastain was the right call

Quick thoughts: Bob Boucras says it was an obvious call for NASCAR to punish Ross Chastain for missing the first corner.

Chastain was fourth on the last restart and after using an access road to avoid Turn 1 he came out second along with Tyler Riddick.

You cannot pass drivers by cutting off the track. That does not make sense. NASCAR issued a 30-second penalty.

NASCAR’s rules for the race were that if you missed Turn 1, it would be a stop and go penalty. But this is a call for judgment because drivers can be pushed out of the racing groove.

Even if Chastain could argue that he was forced out (he said he’d never take the role), he’s definitely improved his position, and there’s no way NASCAR could allow that to happen.

NASCAR would probably be better off if it had a set rule for Turn 1 next year.

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Bob Pokras has spent decades covering motorsports, including the last 30 games of the Daytona 500. He joined FOX Sports in 2019 after working for ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Popocras. Looking for more NASCAR content? Subscribe to the FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Pockrass!


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