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Kenseth celebratesMatt Kenseth won the STP 400 on Sunday at the Kansas Speedway, but on Wednesday his team was penalized for failing post-race engine inspection. (File photo)
Matt Kenseth, who won both the pole position April 19 and the Sprint Cup race April 21 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., will lose points after NASCAR said his car failed post-race engine inspection.
While apparently he will still be listed as the winner of the STP 400 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, several penalties were handed down today.
Kenseth lost 50 championship driver points, according to the announcement today, with the same number lost by the owner.
Other penalties: the Coors Light Pole award from April 19 at Kansas Speedway will not be allowed for eligibility into the 2014 Sprint Unlimited; the first place finish from April 21 at Kansas Speedway will not earn bonus points toward the accumulated aggregate driver points total after the completion of the first 26 events of the current season and will not be credited towards the eligibility for a driver Wild Card position.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff has been fined $200,000 and suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (a period of time that also includes the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until Dec. 31, according to NASCAR's announcement.
Owner Joe Gibbs has had the owner’s license for the No. 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car suspended until the completion of the next six championship points events, therefore being ineligible to receive championship car owner points during that period of time.
Another penalty is the loss of five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Championship points.
NASCAR announced today that Kenseth's No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Toyota car had violations discovered in a post-race engine inspection April 23 at the NASCAR Research and Development Center.
"The No. 20 car was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-5.5.3 (E) (Only magnetic steel connecting rods with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted; connecting rod failed to meet the minimum connecting rod weight) of the 2013 rule book," NASCAR stated in a news release today.