Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag this afternoon during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, beating out his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch for his third victory of the season.
Or so we thought…
After the cars went through postrace inspection, NASCAR has announced that both the #11 car of Hamlin AND the second-place #18 car of Kyle Busch have been disqualified, leaving the third-place car of Chase Elliott as the winner of the race.
The win would have been the third for Hamlin and the second for Busch this season, but instead Elliott now has a series-leading four total wins with just a few weeks left until the Cup Series playoffs. The move drops Hamlin from second in the playoff standings to 5th.
NASCAR said that the reason for the disqualification of the Joe Gibbs teammates was a problem with the front facia of the car, and that there was material somewhere that it should not have been. Both cars will be taken back to the NASCAR R&D center for further inspection.