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NASCAR Cup: playoff teams kept away from cars postrace

No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Chase Elliott (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Chase Elliott (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

In the couple of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekends since Chase Elliott’s second-place finish in the playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., was deemed “encumbered” by NASCAR because of a piece of tape applied to Elliott’s spoiler to illegally increase downforce on his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, NASCAR has implemented a new rule in an effort to curb such foul play.

In the two races since the No. 24 team’s infraction, NASCAR has parked the cars of the 2017 playoff competitors against the pit-road wall after races and not allowed team members over the wall until given permission by NASCAR officials.

In the Elliott/HMS “tape-gate” controversy, a crew members was caught on camera removing the tape from the spoiler with the hopes of getting it off before it was noticed by officials, before post-race inspection.

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