Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Ryan Blaney’s Las Vegas disqualification overturned

Ryan Blaney is probably the first NASCAR Cup Series driver to be… undisqualified? Is that the term we’re using?

After his sixth in Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was relegated to a last-place finish when his #12 Ford Mustang failed post-race inspection, NASCAR announced Monday that the disqualification has been overturned.

The penalty in particular was a violation of Section 14.11.3.5 of the rulebook concerning the damper on the left front shock. The rule stipulates the damper must be at least 22.55 inches (57.27 cm) long for oval tracks, with inspectors finding the part on Blaney’s car was not up to spec.

Further inspection the next day eventually found the template used in the inspection itself did not meet regulation.

“After further review of the inspection process throughout this weekend’s events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NASCAR has rescinded the #12 disqualification penalty,” reads a statement from the sanctioning body. “Monday morning during its race weekend debrief, NASCAR discovered an issue with the damper template used for inspection. NASCAR then conducted a detailed investigation, and has restored the #12’s stage and race finishing positions from Sunday.

“NASCAR has taken internal steps to remedy this issue moving forward.”

He remains below the cut line despite the penalty being lifted, though in a more manageable position as he is now seventeen points below the cut line. After the disqualification, he was fifty-seven points underneath.

“We are pleased with the decision by NASCAR to rescind the post-race disqualification to the #12 car following Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” said Team Penske. “NASCAR has shown a tremendous amount of integrity throughout the process which has led to this conclusion. We are proud of the effort and the results by the #12 team during the 2023 season. We look forward to continuing the pursuit of the NASCAR Cup Series championship.”

Had the disqualification stuck, Blaney would have been the second driver to suffer the fate in 2023 after Kevin Harvick two weeks prior at Talladega. Ironically, Blaney won said race to advance to the Round of 8.

Revised race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 2 5 Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 Running
2 1 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 Running
3 6 8 Kyle Busch Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 Running
4 21 6 Brad Keselowski RFK Racing Ford 267 Running
5 10 1 Ross Chastain Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet 267 Running
6 12 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 267 Running
7 3 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 Running
8 8 45 Tyler Reddick 23XI Racing Toyota 267 Running
9 4 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 Running
10 15 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 Running
11 5 17 Chris Buescher RFK Racing Ford 267 Running
12 9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 267 Running
13 7 23 Bubba Wallace 23XI Racing Toyota 267 Running
14 13 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 267 Running
15 36 99 Daniel Suárez Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet 267 Running
16 24 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 267 Running
17 18 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 267 Running
18 16 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 Running
19 28 7 Corey LaJoie Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 267 Running
20 33 21 Harrison Burton Wood Brothers Racing Ford 267 Running
21 22 16 A.J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 267 Running
22 20 31 Justin Haley Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 267 Running
23 19 2 Austin Cindric Team Penske Ford 267 Running
24 27 77 Ty Dillon Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 267 Running
25 30 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 267 Running
26 32 41 Ryan Preece Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 267 Running
27 29 38 Todd Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 266 Running
28 23 43 Erik Jones Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet 266 Running
29 26 51 J.J. Yeley* Rick Ware Racing Ford 266 Running
30 34 15 Brennan Poole* Rick Ware Racing Ford 266 Running
31 31 78 B.J. McLeod* Live Fast Motorsports Chevrolet 266 Running
32 35 9 Chase Elliott^ Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 266 Running
33 17 14 Chase Briscoe Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 263 Running
34 11 54 Ty Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 259 Running
35 14 48 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 144 Accident
36 25 42 Carson Hocevar* Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet 110 Accident
Bold – Currently in playoffs
^ – Currently in owner playoffs
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points
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