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Hamlin's pit boss back on the box after serving six-race suspension RELATED: Play Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota MORE: Hamlin on crew chief's return JOLIET, Ill. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Darian Grubb said it was "a 27-cent part that came loose" that resulted in penalties to the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 team and driver Denny Hamlin at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year. "It was actually new parts that week on our car," Grubb said Friday at Chicagoland Speedway , site of Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400 (ESPN, 2 p.m. ET). "It was a nut plate that is used as an aircraft fastener and it didn't have enough torque on it, and it backed off and came loose. "It's something that we've taken out of the cars and have never seen again and never seen before." Grubb is back at the track following a six-week suspension for the violation. Grubb was fined $125,000 while car chief Wesley Sherrill was also suspended for six weeks. Hamlin and JGR team president J.D. Gibbs (listed as the team owner) were docked 75 points each as well. The fastener failure resulted in ductwork becoming loose inside the No. 11 car. "It's not a gray area," Grubb said of the infraction, "not anything intentional. There's not any real performance gain there. Everybody in the garage uses those same covers and they came loose the week they shouldn’t have." Team engineer Mike Wheeler served as interim crew chief in Grubb’s absence. Hamlin scored three top 10s in Grubb’s absence, and enters this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the ninth seed "NASCAR does a great job of policing the sport," Grubb said. "It's the same templates and the same work that you have to do every week. … You have to meet NASCAR's rules and you have to do that every week." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
See how they will lineup for Sunday's race (2 p.m. ET, ESPN) RELATED: Play Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Pos Car Driver Team 1 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 2 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 3 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 5 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 6 15 Clint Bowyer PEAK Radiator Guarantee Toyota 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 8 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet 9 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 10 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 11 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 12 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 14 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 15 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 16 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's/Samsung Partner of the Year Toyota 17 47 AJ Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet 18 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 19 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 20 16 Greg Biffle ScotchBlue Ford 21 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 22 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 23 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 24 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 25 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 26 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 27 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 28 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 29 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 30 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 31 83 Ryan Truex # Burger King Toyota 32 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial Ford 33 26 Cole Whitt # Iowa City Capital Partners Toyota 34 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 35 7 Michael Annett # TMC/Allstate Chevrolet 36 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 37 23 Alex Bowman # Dr Pepper Toyota 38 40 Landon Cassill(i) Snap Fitness Chevrolet 39 34 David Ragan Dockside Ford 40 37 Mike Bliss(i) Accell Construction, Inc. Chevrolet 41 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Royal Teak Toyota 42 33 Travis Kvapil Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet 43 32 Joey Gase(i) Zimmer Ford MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
NASCAR President clears up postseason status RELATED: Full coverage of Tony Stewart incident NASCAR President Mike Helton said Tony Stewart would be eligible for the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup if he wins one of the final two regular-season races. Helton said that "this has been a very unique set of circumstances to Tony and to out sport. As the league, it's our responsibility to try and make decisions that are correct and right. Sometimes we evaluate circumstances that are given to us and then we make those decisions as correctly as we can. After evaluating the circumstances around this occurrence, we've come to the conclusion that Tony would be eligible to participate in the Chase if he were to earn a spot in it." At Atlanta Motor Speedway , Stewart is set to participate in his first Sprint Cup Series after sitting out the past three races. Stewart is 26th in points. To be eligible for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, a driver must attempt to qualify for all 26 races leading up to the Chase and be in the top 30 in points. However, according to NASCAR, for rare instances the requirement can be waived as long as the driver is in the top 30. Stewart missed three races following his involvement in a sprint car racing incident earlier this month that resulted in driver Kevin Ward Jr. suffering fatal injuries at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, a half-mile dirt track on the Ontario County Fairgrounds. The investigation regarding the incident is ongoing. Stewart's racing plans outside NASCAR have been canceled and will not resume until further notice. Denny Hamlin experienced his own form of exemption into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs after he missed the fifth race of the season, at Auto Club Speedway in March, with an eye injury. Five races later, Hamlin scored a regular-season victory at Talladega Superspeedway to clinch a Chase berth. While he didn't know all the particulars of Stewart's situation and his three-race absence, Hamlin said he had no problem with the three-time Sprint Cup champion being eligible should he win one of the remaining two regular-season events. "I don't know. It's a very vague thing," Hamlin said. "I know that originally, you had to have some kind of medical note or something like that, and that's kind of what happened to me with my eye when I met with Mr. Helton and the doctors at California. They said that this is kind of why they've built this program in place to just get better and come back when you can and just win a race. We did that and got ourselves in, but it's tough to say what's considered medical and not, but either way, I'm fine with Tony either in or out, it's good with me." Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson said he was pleased that NASCAR could be flexible to allow exemptions and that he hoped that course of action would be used going forward. "Obviously, they're setting a precedent here and we'll see what other extreme circumstances develop in future years and how NASCAR looks at that," Johnson said. "I'm happy that they're sympathetic to situations and look at it and are giving a team and driver that opportunity. But again, they've set a precedent here that we're just going to have to be aware of, and hopefully they can continue to evaluate these and handle them in a similar manner." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule