Chase Elliott won’t celebrate Pocono’s win after Denny Hamlin is disqualified for failing a post-race check

Chase Elliot He left Pocono Raceway as the third place finisher and knew when he got home in Georgia that he was Announcing the winner of the race.

And now you will stand.

Joe Gibbs Racing refuses to appeal NASCAR’s dressing decision Denny HamlinVictory and teammate Kyle BushThe runner-up finished second on Sunday after Toyota failed inspections. JGR had until Monday afternoon to file a formal appeal of the ineligibility cases. Joe Gibbs Racing apologized later on Monday, explaining why he was not appealing.

Hamlin was the first cup winner to be disqualified since April 17, 1960, when Emmanuel Zervakis’ win at Wilson Speedway in North Carolina was disqualified due to an oversized fuel tank.

The Toyotas have been shipped to a NASCAR Research and Development Center in North Carolina for further evaluation, and it may take a week to sort out other JGR penalties.

Elliott took his fourth win of the season, without the Hendrick Motorsports driver driving a lap on Sunday in his No. 9 Chevrolet. The Chain Points leader will get the win, even if he doesn’t feel good about achieving it without a checkered flag.

“I was probably more surprised than anything,” Elliott said Monday. “I don’t think any driver would want to win this way. I certainly don’t.”

Hamlin—who had already hit his young daughter around the track in a triumphant course—and the rest of the field had long left Pocono when the NASCAR test team found problems with both Toyotas that affected aerodynamics.

“There wasn’t really a reason to have some material somewhere that it shouldn’t be. And that’s mainly down to DQ,” Brad Moran, managing director of the NASCAR Cup Series, said Sunday night.

Team owner Joe Gibbs said Sunday he was “shocked” with the ruling and that his organization intends to “review every part of the process that led to this situation.”

Pushing the edge of the rulebook—creatively or illegally—has been part of NASCAR’s culture since its inception. But NASCAR has tightened its penalties to enter the 2019 season in a bolder attempt to squash cheating. The biggest shift came in inspections, which nailed the JGR drivers on Sunday. NASCAR ensured that inspections were conducted after overtaking on the track rather than midweek at the Sanctions Authority Research and Development Center outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Winning teams found to be in violation of the rules prior to 2019 were penalized with subsequent fines, points deduction and/or suspension. But the drivers haven’t scored any victories until then.

for example, Joey Logano He maintained his win in 2017 in Richmond even after his midweek teardown at the R&D Center showed his Penske team broke the rules. Despite this, Lugano couldn’t count the win toward the post-season consideration.

Hamlin won’t be so lucky. He lost that third win of the season, his record seventh win at Pocono and his 49th career win that would have credited him on NASCAR’s career roster with a three-time champion. Tony Stewart.

Regardless of the final NASCAR verdict, Hamlin will likely stand as the winner among multiple gambling sites. FanDuel said Monday that home-ruled state bets are settled on the outcome of the platform’s bid regardless of any subsequent exclusions. Where things get murky with fantasy players.

FanDuel said all fictional NASCAR competitions were settled the following day.

The breakdown went as follows:

• Elliott got 43 points because he took first place after post-checks.

• Kyle Bush got five points for finishing in 36th place as a result of the failure of the subsequent inspection.

• Hamlin got six fantasy points when he finished 35th.

NASCAR could hit JGR with tougher penalties and fines than what Zervakis faced in 1960. The Associated Press reported that officials withheld Zervakis’ $1,275 purse after he won the race nonstop and “carried about a half gallon of gasoline more than is considered stock in the technical ratings.” for his 1960 Chevrolet. Joe Weatherly win win.

Elliott, 27, the 2020 Cup Series champion and NASCAR’s most popular driver, said he’s moving on from Pocono as if he’s already finished third. He said he would not ask for the cup.

“I’m not going to celebrate someone’s misfortune,” Elliott said. “It just doesn’t feel right to me. I crossed the line third. That’s kind of how I look at it.”

However, DraftKings Sportsbook said it will pay bets on both Hamlin and Elliott.

DraftKings Sportsbook Director Johnny Avello said the house rules state that all bets will be settled “based on unofficial results sent by NASCAR,” but also notes that if there is “a change to the official race result, all previous winners will remain and new winners will remain.” It will also be settled as won.”

Caesars Sportsbook said all of its bets were settled according to the official ending order, with Elliott the winner while Hamlin and Bush ranked 35th and 36th, respectively.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.