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NASCAR reverses Ryan Blaney disqualification

NASCAR restored Ryan Blaney’s sixth-place finish in the Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Monday, after a brief disqualification.

The Team Penske driver was initially disqualified hours after the Sunday race, when a post-race inspection suggested the left-front shock on the car of his No. 12 Ford did not meet the required length of 22.55 inches. 

However, the decision was reversed after a “detailed investigation” in which series officials found a problem with the template used in the post-race inspection. They did not give any details on the nature of the problem, but pledged to remedy the issue going forward.

“We are pleased with the decision by NASCAR to rescind the post-race disqualification to the No. 12 car following Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” Team Penske responded in a Monday statement.“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 No. 12 team during the 2023 season. We look forward to continuing the pursuit of the NASCAR Cup Series Championship.”

The reversal moves Blaney to seventh place among the eight remaining playoff drivers, just 17 points under the elimination cutoff instead of 56. Two more races remain to decide the final championship set of four drivers.


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