Joe Gibbs Racing Makes Surprising Disqualification Decision: Fans React

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Joe Gibbs Racing will not appeal disqualifications for Denny Hamlin and Kyle Bush,

Joe finished first and second, respectively, in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway.

NASCAR announced Monday that Joe Gibbs Racing will not oppose the decision,

Meaning Chase Elliott is the official winner of M&M's Fan Appreciation 400.

In a statement released by Bob Pokras of Fox Sports,

Competition director Wally Brown admitted to violating NASCAR rules by using "a piece of clear tape"

Numbers 11 and 18 on the bottom corners of Toyota vehicles.

He apologized and vowed that the team had "changed our procedures to ensure this doesn't happen again."

It is little surprise to see that Joe Gibbs Racing did not attempt to appeal a decision that negated Hamlin's third Cup Series win of the year.

It would also have marked Busch's seventh top-five finish of the 2022 season.

As most fans see it, they felt caught breaking the rules and didn't bother to argue otherwise.

Hamlin appeared at Pocono Raceway to score a record-setting seventh victory.

Instead, he is the first driver since 1960 to be stripped after a failed post-race inspection.

Elliot wasn't particularly happy about his unorthodox victory.

According to Pokras, he said Hamlin could keep the trophy if he wanted.