Jul 24, 2022; Long Pond, Pennsylvania, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin celebrates in victory lane after winning the M&M S Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The drama from Pocono Raceway extended far after the race as the top two finishers, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, have been disqualified for failing post-race inspection. Chase Elliott, who finished third, becomes the winner of the NASCAR Cup Series M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400.

NASCAR didn’t get into specifics as they’ll do more research this week at their R&D Center, but Cup Series Managing Director Brad Moran revealed to media that it had to do with the front fascia and how “there really was no reason why there was some material that was somewhere that it shouldn’t have been.” Both cars were guilty of the same infraction and both teams have the right to appeal.

Hamlin and Busch will lose their points and finish 35th and 36th respectively as everyone else moves up by two positions. Ironically, given Hamlin’s ongoing feud with Ross Chastain this season that resulted in Ross being wrecked late in the race, Chastain won Stage 2 via Busch’s DQ.

The news has reverberated on social media as many took notice of the news. Even Denny Hamlin responded.

This is obviously a big deal. It’s been a very long time that a Cup Series driver was disqualified for failing post-race inspection. Joey Logano failed post-race inspection when he won at Richmond in 2017 but while he couldn’t use the win to qualify for the NASCAR Playoffs, he got to keep the win. At least for Hamlin and Busch, their past wins keep them in the Playoffs.

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