Ex-NASCAR driver urges sport to ‘do better’ after Pocono elimination ordeal

While the race itself at Pocono didn’t cause much of a stir, what happened next not only raised more than a few eyebrows, but had a few nuts on the NASCAR road. What happened is the race winner, and runners-up Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were disqualified after the race was over.

The reason for this is that their cars #11 and #18 failed the post-race check.

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Now, the rules are the rules. But logically speaking, the way the whole thing was handled just wasn’t quite right. This was something that former driver Kenny Wallace also referred to, ironically at least, in a series of tweets along with his “solution” of what could have been done.

“When I worked at @SiriusXMNASCAR Radio. I always mentioned on the radio that I had a problem with the way we announced the NASCAR winners. Two years ago, we announced the winners on Tuesday and Wednesday after a technical inspection in the R&D store. We can do better.” Wallace wrote in a tweet.

In another tweet he wrote: One of the only sports in the world where you go to victory lane…but…not real. 😳. Maybe we should start a 30 minute TV show (after the race) called… “Tech Inspection”… and then announce the winner 😁🏁”

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What did NASCAR say about the exclusion of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Bush?

Speaking at a post-race press conference, NASCAR’s Brad Moran announced the disqualification of both drivers, Joe Gibbs Racing while also refusing to detail the reasons for doing so.

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“Some issues affecting the air in the car have been discovered,” he is He saidTalking about the front facades of cars. “There was really no reason to have some material in a place where it shouldn’t be. And that basically goes back to DQ.”

July 24, 2022; Long Pond, Pennsylvania, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads the field during the M&MÕS Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway. Mandatory credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Moran confirmed that they don’t want to talk about the problem because the teams and owners are already aware of the tough course NASCAR has decided to take with penalties, violations and such issues.

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“There are some areas where all the teams are well aware that we can’t go on the track we’ve had in the past with the other car,” he added.