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There’s a lot of fallout from Phoenix Raceway. Multiple teams and drivers have a possible penalty on the way.

First, Denny Hamlin put Ross Chastain in the wall in the final laps at Phoenix Raceway. The two drivers have a long history on on-track incidents.

On Monday, Hamlin went on his Actions Detrimental podcast and admitted that he did it on purpose to level the scorecard in regards to contact. The two drivers spoke for a long time on the pit lane after the race and it appears they are both in agreement to move forward.

However, now NASCAR is involved. With Hamlin openly admitting to retaliation, NASCAR is now reviewing those comments. It could result in a penalty.

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Additionally, Hendrick Motorsports had hood louvers confiscated from all four of their cars. Those parts were taken back to the NASCAR R&D Center in North Carolina.

If the inspection of those parts results in a penalty, it could be the largest team penalty in NASCAR history with huge fines being handed to all four teams, at the same time.

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“Without a doubt, it’s on our radar,” Elton Sawyer told ‘The Morning Drive’ via Sirius XM Radio.

“Late last night, this information was provided to me. We’ll get our team together this morning and go through that. Very similar to what we’re doing with the other parts and pieces that we brought back from Phoenix.”

“We’ll decide how we go forward. Um, yeah, that’s about all I can say right now. It came to me late last night. We’ll dissect that and figure out where we go.”

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NASCAR comments after taking parts from Hendrick Motorsports

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AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 12: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series United Rentals Work United 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 12, 2023 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

“We did take some parts from the Hendrick cars,” Elton Sawyer stated.

“It’s not uncharted waters. From time to time, we will take parts off cars. We’ll bring them to the R&D Center and take a deeper dive into them.”

“We’re still collecting information on that. On the timeline, it was Friday afternoon, just before practice was getting ready to start. We didn’t have all the information we needed at the time so we allowed the teams to go ahead and practice.”

“Once practice was over, then we got with them. They were very respectful and we collected those parts. And, they replaced them, went out and had a great weekend.”

“They proved on Sunday that they still had it, without those parts.”

NASCAR releases their weekly penalty reports on Tuesday or Wednesday following the race weekend. For West Coast races, it’s usually a Wednesday release.

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