During the pace laps of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, some of the ballast in Denny Hamlin’s car fell out onto the track.
NASCAR mandates that each car must weight 3,400 pounds and ballast must be added once the car is completed to bring it up to the required weight. Hamlin had to bring his car down pit road to repair the issue; which resulted in Hamlin going from a starting spot of 13th to being eight laps down once he got back on the track.
As a result of the ballast falling out of the number eleven Joe Gibbs Racing car, crew chief Chris Gabehart, car chief Brandon Griffeth, and car engineer Scott Simmons have all been suspended for the next four NASCAR Cup Series races.
The team has the right to appeal the ruling.