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NASCAR Cup: wins may be stripped in 2018

Denny Hamlin applies the second winner decal to his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after winning the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 3, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Denny Hamlin applies the second winner decal to his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after winning the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 3, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

According to an NBC Sports report, reporter Nate Ryan spoke to NASCAR officials recently about the possibility of wins being stripped when winning race cars fail post-race inspections because of significant rules infractions. Ryan said he was told that was a possibility, beginning in 2018.

“I think NASCAR is seriously going to consider stripping wins in 2018. I don’t think that’s going to be in consideration as far as a change in policy this season,” Ryan said. “I think it’s absolutely, I’ve been told, under consideration for next season.”

The idea of taking wins away for failed post-race inspections has been a hot topic at multiple times this season, and most recently the subject arose, again, when both of Denny Hamlin’s wins at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway were deemed “encumbered” by NASCAR. Hamlin won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington on Sept. 2 and swept the track’s NASCAR weekend with a win in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race there Sept. 3. Both cars failed a teardown inspection at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., because of an issue with the rear suspension.

The No. 22 car driven by Joey Logano in the Xfinity Series race also failed inspection for the same reason.

Saturday’s Xfinity win at Darlington was the second Xfinity Series win Hamlin has had classified as “encumbered” this season. His Cup Series win the following day was the second “encumbered” win in the Cup Series in 2017, the other being Joey Logano’s win in the first Richmond (Va.) Raceway event of the season.

This season, wins deemed “encumbered” by NASCAR have resulted in crew chief suspensions and fines and the win not counting toward playoff benefits. A driver can’t count on an “encumbered” win to get into the playoffs, and playoff points from those races have been forfeited. Drivers and teams, though, do still keep the win and some of the championship, or regular-season, points collected in those races.

Hamlin will still make the playoffs, as the Darlington win was his second of the season. Logano, though, has to win in the return trip to Richmond on Saturday, night, as his “encumbered” win at RR is his only 2017 win, to date, and he’s not high enough in the points standings to make the playoffs on points.

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