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NASCAR stripped Denny Hamlin of his Pocono win, and is finally taking technical inspections seriously

Next Gen car, Next Gen punishment.

On Sunday evening, so soon after the finish of the 21st race of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season that the confetti was still stuck to the hallowed concrete ground of Pocono Raceway's Victory Lane, the racer who had just celebrated in that space was informed that his win had been taken away.

Denny Hamlin is no longer the winner of the M&M's Fan Appreciation 400. He is no longer the season's second three-time winner, no longer the lone all-time Pocono Raceway champion with seven wins and no longer tied with Tony Stewart for 15th on the all-time wins list at 49.