Joe Gibbs Racing and Denny Hamlin were celebrating a NASCAR XFINITY Series win on Saturday, but the celebration has come to an end as NASCAR announced on Wednesday afternoon that the win was encumbered, and the No. 20’s five playoff points for the win are now being taken away.
NASCAR found the splitter on the race winning machine was not flat, creating the encumbered finish under Sections 20.4.3 and 188.8.131.52 of the NASCAR rule book. As a result of the penalty, crew chief Chris Gabehart has been fined $25,000 and is facing a two-race suspension. The team has also lost 25 championship owners points.
Hamlin got the win over JR Motorsports driver William Byron in a thrilling last lap finish that resulted in Hamlin passing the 19-year-old for the win coming down the frontstretch on the final lap.
It’s unknown at this time if Joe Gibbs Racing plans to appeal the penalty.
The full post-weekend penalty report, including a penalty issued to the No. 00 XFINTY Series team and No. 02 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, is listed below.