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Hamlin crew gets 4-race ban over ballast mishap

Field Level Media
26 May 2020, 07:19 GMT+10

NASCAR issued four-race suspensions to three members of Denny Hamlin's pit crew Monday after a tungsten weight fell off the car Sunday night in Charlotte, N.C.

The incident involving the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota occurred during the pace lap for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tungsten is used as ballast to help meet weight requirements.

Crew chief Chris Gabehart, car chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons will miss the next four Cup Series races through June 10, provided the team doesn't appeal.

The automatic four-race suspension for such a safety violation is detailed in section of the NASCAR rule book.

Hamlin was forced to return to pit road and missed the first eight laps while replacement weights were added to his car. The 2020 Daytona 500 champion finished 29th.

--Field Level Media

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