UPDATE: NASCAR officials said Monday that no penalty would be issued to the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team after a review of a late-race situation in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoff event at Martinsville Speedway.
“After conducting a review of the on-track competition and 20 team radio communication from Sunday’s race at Martinsville, NASCAR will not issue any penalties to the 20 team,” a statement read.
Joe Gibbs Racing competition director Wally Brown said Monday that there was no “team orders” directive that governed how the four-car organization’s drivers competed against each other.
— NASCAR.com —
UPDATE: Radio communication shows that late in Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway, a directive was given for Erik Jones not to pass teammate Denny Hamlin as Hamlin hovered near the cutline to advance to the championship race.
Crew chief Chris Gayle said on the No. 20 team’s radio to Jones: “(Hamlin is) going to race you hard because he needs to, because it’s within like three points for those guys. He’s going to race you hard because it’s three points on those guys. Just so you’re aware.”
Jones responded: “I’ve got a huge gap behind me.”
About 80 seconds later, on the No. 20 team’s radio channel, spotter Rick Carelli said: “Don’t pass him, Jones. Stay with him and drive what you can.”
— NBC Sports —
ORIGINAL POST: NASCAR’s Scott Miller called into SiriusXM NASCAR Monday morning and said they sanctioning body will take a look at a couple events near the end of Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.
#4-Kevin Harvick admitted to spinning #18-Kyle Busch on the final lap of the race in hopes of gaining an additional finishing spot. He ended up wrecking himself and finishing 17th.
The other issue was allegations that #20-Erik Jones was told to not pass #11-Hamlin under any circumstances to prevent Hamlin from losing an additional positions. Hamlin finished 11th, one point ahead of #2-Keselowski.
ICYMI: @NASCAR's Scott Miller explains the rescinded penalty for the @Hendrick9Team and said they have to look again at how @JoeGibbsRacing teammates raced each other at the end yesterday at @MartinsvilleSwy @TheMikeBagley | @PPistone | #TMDNASCAR | #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/oR7CcE5mFz
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) November 2, 2020