BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Hisense Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Irish Hills 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 17, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

An XFINITY Series driver was penalized after his victory at Michigan


Denny Hamlin won the XFINITY Series race at Michigan International Speedway by the closest margin in track history, but his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was penalized for an illegal splitter structure on Wednesday.

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The splitter on his car was not flat, so Hamlin's win will now be an encumbered victory.


Hamlin gets to keep the win, but it doesn't count toward the team's ability to win the owner title in the XFINITY Series.

Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Chris Gabehart has been suspended for two races and fined $25,000 for the illegal splitter structure, and the team was docked 25 points.

(h/t FOX Sports)