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Wednesday August 10th, 2022 2:07AM

Chase Elliott wins Pocono after Hamlin, Busch DQ'ed

By Holly Cain-NASCAR Wire Service

Chase Elliott was declared the winner of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway after first and second place finishers, Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were disqualified following post-race technical inspection.

It’s a series-best fourth race victory for the Dawsonville, Georgia racer, who now leads the championship standings by 105-points over Ross Chastain and 111-points over Ryan Blaney.

“I don’t know that I learned much of anything today, but just got fortunate there with the way the restarts and stuff went,” said Elliott prior to the disqualification of the top two finishers. “I think we have room for improvement. We’ll go onto next week, try to build and be a little bit better.”

It is the first time this season a race winner has been disqualified.

“Yeah, unfortunately we were doing our post-race inspections, which we do,” said NASCAR Cup Series managing director Brad Moran. “There were some issues discovered that affect aero of the vehicle. The part was the front fascia. There really was no reason why there was some material that was somewhere it shouldn’t have been, and that does basically come down to a DQ. It is a penalty, both for the 11 of Denny Hamlin and the 18 of Kyle Busch have been DQed. Their vehicles are being loaded in the NASCAR hauler and they’re going to go back to the R&D Center.”

Hamlin won the pole position, led 21 laps, and ultimately crossed the finish line .927-second ahead of Busch for the apparent win in an action-packed afternoon at the 2.5-mile Pocono track.

But both of the JGR cars failed post-pace inspection leaving the victory to Elliott, who now has three wins and a pair of second-place finishes in the last five races.

The updated finishing order of the race includes a runner-up showing now for Tyler Reddick, with Daniel Suarez third, Christopher Bell fourth, and Kyle Larson in fifth.

Michael McDowell, Martin Truex, Jr., Bubba Wallace, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 10.

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1. (3) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 160.
2. (16) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 160.
3. (9) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 160.
4. (11) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 160.
5. (4) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 160.
6. (25) Michael McDowell, Ford, 160.
7. (8) Martin Truex, Jr., Toyota, 160.
8. (7) Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 160.
9. (34) Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 160.
10. (15) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 160.
11. (17) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 160.
12. (18) William Byron, Chevrolet, 160.
13. (12) Aric Almirola, Ford, 160.
14. (26) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 160.
15. (13) Chase Briscoe, Ford, 160.
16. (10) Ty Gibbs(i), Toyota, 160.
17. (32) Cole Custer, Ford, 160.
18. (19) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chevrolet, 160.
19. (23) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 160.
20. (14) Joey Logano, Ford, 160.
21. (30) Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 160.
22. (27) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 160.
23. (28) Harrison Burton #, Ford, 160.
24. (22) Noah Gragson(i), Chevrolet, 160.
25. (29) Todd Gilliland #, Ford, 160.
26. (36) Cody Ware, Ford, 160.
27. (24) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 160.
28. (33) J.J. Yeley(i), Ford, 159.
29. (5) Chris Buescher, Ford, 158.
30. (35) B.J. McLeod(i), Ford, 158.
31. (20) Austin Cindric #, Ford, 154.
32. (21) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, Accident, 142.
33. (6) Ryan Blaney, Ford, Accident, 135.
34. (31) Josh Bilicki(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 35.
DQ: (1) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 160.
DQ: (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 160.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 122.459 mph.

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 15 Mins, 59 Secs. Margin of Victory: .927 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 9 for 37 laps.

Lead Changes: 15 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K. Busch 1-12;K. Larson 13-30;H. Burton # 31-34;C. Bell 35-48;K. Busch 49-64;M. Truex Jr. 65-66;R. Blaney 67-73;E. Jones 74-84;B. Wallace 85-87;K. Busch 88-122;R. Chastain 123;D. Hamlin 124-126;B. Wallace 127;R. Chastain 128-142;D. Hamlin 143-160.

Leaders Summary: (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led) Kyle Busch 3 times for 63 laps; Denny Hamlin 2 times for 21 laps; Kyle Larson 1 time for 18 laps; Ross Chastain 2 times for 16 laps; Christopher Bell 1 time for 14 laps; Erik Jones 1 time for 11 laps; Ryan Blaney 1 time for 7 laps; Harrison Burton # 1 time for 4 laps; Bubba Wallace 2 times for 4 laps; Martin Truex Jr. 1 time for 2 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 5,9,99,12,43,24,19,4,7,34

Stage #2 Top Ten: 1,12,43,4,24,99,9,5,20,19

Playoff Standings: 1. Chase Elliott – 787 (4 Wins); 2. Ross Chastain – 682 (2 Wins); 3. Joey Logano – 599 (2 Wins); 4. William Byron – 572 (2 Wins); 5. Denny Hamlin – 443 (2 Wins); 6. Kyle Larson – 661 (1 Win); 7. Christopher Bell – 605 (1 Win); 8. Kyle Busch – 595 (1 Win); 9. Alex Bowman – 536 (1 Win); 10. Daniel Suarez – 526 (1 Win); 11. Tyler Reddick – 509 (1 Win); 12. Austin Cindric – 495 (1 Win); 13. Chase Briscoe – 487 (1 Win); 14. Kurt Busch – 485 (1 Win); 15. Ryan Blaney – 676; 16. Martin Truex, Jr. – 654.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

 

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