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NASCAR Cup: three members of Denny Hamlin’s team suspended for four races

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 24: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx SupportSmall Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2020 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Crew chief Chris Gabehart, car chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons, all from the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team of Denny Hamlin in the NASCAR Cup Series, have been suspended from the next four Cup Series races, because ballast (weight) fell out of the No. 11 Toyota ahead of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR penalty announcement cited section (Penalty Options) of the NASCAR rule book, with the note, “loss or separation of added ballast from the vehicle.”

The ballast, which fell out of the car during pre-race pace laps, was necessary to bring the car up to NASCAR’s minimum weight requirement. Hamlin wound up starting the race eight laps down after the weight was replaced. He finished 29th out of 40th.

The Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday. The three suspended team members also will miss races at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway before their suspensions are lifted after June 10.

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