Denny Hamlin’s third-place-finishing car from the Brickyard 400 is headed back to the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluation, a NASCAR spokesman announced about 90 minutes after Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The No. 11 Toyota of Hamlin — who along with second-place Kyle Busch and fourth-place Matt Kenseth gave JGR a 2-3-4 finish — will undergo further examination this week after officials discovered an issue with "several" rear firewall block-off plates on Hamlin’s car in post-race inspection. The parts in question have been confiscated by NASCAR for another look at the R&D Center.
Hamlin’s finish, which precedent suggests will stand no matter the outcome of this week’s R&D Center visit, matched his best career result at the fabled 2.5-mile track, where he also finished third in 2008.
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Any penalties resulting from post-race inspection issues are typically levied by NASCAR on the Tuesday after the event.