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“If that (infraction) won me that race, I’d gladly give it back to them,” he said. “We won that race on fuel mileage.”

RCR has two other cars in the Chase. Harvick moved up to second in the standings, 45 points behind Hamlin, after Bowyer’s penalty, and Jeff Burton is ninth in the Chase.

“It’s an odd circumstance,” Burton said. “I’m not questioning NASCAR’s measuring abilities, but the intent was certainly to be 100 percent legal. There is a circumstance that’s odd there.”

Greg Biffle, a Chase driver, may have summed up the week best.

“Whoever cheats the best wins,” Biffle said to laughter. “That the old saying, right?