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Kenseth celebratesMatt Kenseth won the Kansas Speedway STP 400 Sprint Cup series race April 21, but the car he drove failed a post-race inspection and was penalized. Today, NASCAR announced that some of the penalties were reduced following an appeal. (File photo by Steve Rupert)
The NASCAR racing appeals panel today decided to reduce some of the penalties for the winning Kansas Speedway Sprint race car.
After the Kansas Speedway race, Matt Kenseth's No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Toyota car was found to have violated a rule concerning the minimum connecting rod weight of 525 grams.
The penalties stemmed from a post-race engine inspection April 23 at the NASCAR Research and Development Center. Those involved with the No. 20 car appealed the earlier decision.
Kenseth is in fourth place in the points standings, and has won two Sprint Cup races this year.
In a statement today, NASCAR announced revised penalties:
- Crew chief Jason Ratcliff: The $200,000 fine remains intact; NASCAR suspension now covers one championship points event. In addition, he will be placed on NASCAR probation until the completion of the next three championship points events following his reinstatement. (He was originally fined $200,000 and suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship point events (a period of time that also includes the non-points Sprint All-Star Race.)
- Car owner Joe Gibbs: Loss of championship owner points has been reduced to 12. All other components of his penalty were rescinded. (His original penalty was loss of 50 championship car owner points; the first place finish from April 21 at Kansas Speedway will not earn bonus points toward the accumulated aggregate car owner points total after the completion of the first 26 events of the current season and will not be credited towards the eligibility for a car owner wild card position; had the owner’s license for the No. 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car suspended until the completion of the next six championship point events, therefore being ineligible to receive championship car owner points during that period of time.)
- Driver Matt Kenseth; Loss of championship driver points has been reduced to 12. All other components of his penalty were rescinded. (His original penalty was loss of 50 championship driver points; 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.)
- Manufacturer: The loss of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series manufacturer championship points has been increased to seven. (The original penalty was loss of five manufacturer points.)