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Denny Hamlin’s Team Penalized 75 Points by NASCAR: Latest Details and Reaction

Denny Hamlin recovered on Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after an issue on pit road to rattle off a third-place finish in the Brickyard 400. Unfortunately, that story was too good to be true. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was docked 75 championship points after a post-race inspection revealed that the No. 11 team had violated NASCAR rules. Nate Ryan of USA Today notes the full penalty for Hamlin and crew chief Darian Grubb: Along with the penalties for the team, Grubb was also fined $125,000 and will be on probation for the next six months, per the NASCAR release, via The penalty was reportedly issued for unsealed rear firewall block-off plates. While they are intended to prevent fluids, smoke and fire fro...

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