JGR accepts penalties given to Hamlin, Busch, apologizes

by | Jul 25, 2022 | Sports

NASCAR warned its teams it was serious about stamping out a culture of cheating that stretched back to its roots and let illegitimate race winners often walk away unscathed with nothing worse than a fine or a few docked points for the team.But the drivers always kept the trophy and added the number in the win column.No more and not again. NASCAR carried out its stiffest punishment against a race winner in more than 60 years when it stripped Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin of his Pocono Raceway victory and teammate Kyle Busch of his runner-up finish.JGR didn’t bother to fight the penalties, declining Monday to take the matter to an appeals panel.Message received.“What you’ve seen here is a reaction to kind of a new way of doing business,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition.The JGR Toyotas flunked postrace inspection Sunday night when NASCAR found issues in both cars that affected the aerodynamics. Miller said Monday on Sirius XM the exact issue was “extra layers of vinyl” found under the wrap of the car — more commonly known as the paint scheme — that essentially modified that area of the lower nose on each car.Joe Gibbs Racing apologized in a statement and said changes were …

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