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PLAYERS: Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth has been docked 50 driver points as a result of rule violations at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Kenseth’s first place finish from the race will not earn him bonus points should he qualify for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase and his Coors Light pole award from the race will not earn him entry into the 2014 Sprint Unlimited. Problems with the engine for the No. 20 Toyota Camry were noticed after the car was taken to NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. While there one of the magnetic steel rods connecting to the engine was found to be too light. Kenseth was 8th in the Sprint Cup driver standings after Kansas, 59 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Now Kenseth drops to 14th in the standings, 25 points out of 10th which would earn him bonus points for his win at Las Vegas. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff has been suspended for six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and placed on probation until the end of the season. He has also been fined $200,000. Joe Gibbs has also been hit with the loss of 50 championship car owner points. In addition the license of the No. 20 car has been suspended, meaning it will not accumulate owners points, for the next six races. Toyota has also been docked five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Championship points. JGR releaesd a statement acknowledging the penalities and said that they were working with Toyota Racing Development, the engine marker, to determine the cause of the problems. JGR plans to appeal the penalties.

Kenseth calls NASCAR penalty “grossly unfair”

Matt Kenseth won the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway last Sunday but a post race inspection showed a rule violation with the engine of his Toyota Camry. A connecting rod in the engine of his Toyota weighed 2.7 grams under the minimum requirement hitting Kenseth with a 50 point penalty and dropping him from 8th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings to 14th. His pole which would have...

Kenseth says penalty outweighs misdeed

If Matt Kenseth believed his fresh start at Joe Gibbs Racing would also include a bit more favorable treatment from the sanctioning body, reality quickly set in on Wednesday. After his engine failed post-race inspection last week, NASCAR nailed the No. 20 team with the reduction of 50 driver points and a six-week suspension for crew chief Jason Ratcliff and team owner Joe Gibbs...

Kenseth penalty shows new stance

When it comes to engines, no matter who it is involved or what it is, NASCAR does not want anybody messing with them. I think that was clear in the penalties assessed Joe Gibbs Racing and driver Matt Kenseth on Wednesday, with the driver and owner each losing 50 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff getting suspended six points races and fined. NASCAR Sprint Cup director John Darby...

Kenseth not pleased with penalties

Matt Kenseth says NASCAR's penalties against his team are ''grossly unfair'' and ''borderline shameful.'' Kenseth's team was hit with some of the harshest penalties NASCAR has handed out on Wednesday after his race-winning engine at Kansas failed the post-race inspection. He says one of eight connecting rods on the engine was too light - by...

NASCAR Penalizing Matt Kenseth; car fails inspection

Sports news is abuzz with Wednesday’s announcement that the Kansas race-winning car of Matt Kenseth failed a secondary post-race inspection at NASCAR’s Research and Development Centre. NASCAR officials haven’t wasted any time discussing penalties to levy against Kenseth and his team, and have already penalized Kenseth by deducting 50 points from his overall score. Crew chief...

Matt Kenseth Toyota Owners 400 Race Preview

RICHMOND BY THE NUMBERS: In 26 career starts at Richmond in the Cup Series, Kenseth has earned one win, four top-five, and 10 top-ten finishes at the 0.75-mile track. He’s completed 10,158 of 10,403 (97.6 percent) career laps at RIR and has an average finish of 16.5 in the Sprint Cup Series. DG TEAMS SHOW SUPPORT FOR AUTISM AWARENESS: For the month of April, Dollar General and...

DW: Fines Not So Fine

NASCAR's penalties on Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing were pretty severe...

Fines not so fine

Well folks, it happened again in Kansas. It looks like one of our premier teams, one of the powerhouses of our sport, has been slapped with a pretty significant fine, maybe the biggest in the history of the sport. When I think about fines and the biggest fines in the history of NASCAR, you've got to think somebody is doing something terribly, terribly wrong to have something...

RotoWire NASCAR Barometer Richmond

The STP 400 at Kansas Speedway was a strategic race that saw teams play out a number of different tactics. Matt Kenseth qualified on pole, and led the most laps, but he wasn't necessarily the dominant car all afternoon. The differing strategies mixed the order back and forth, while cautions threw wrenches into the plans of some teams. Still, Kenseth rightly was out front as the...

NASCAR takes 50-points away from Matt Kenseth NASCAR penalized Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Sprint Cup Series team hard on Wednesday after the winning car failed a post-race engine inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center. Toyota Racing Development president Lee White 

Will Joe Gibbs Racing come out swinging at Richmond?

1. Beaten down Joe Gibbs Racing should come out swinging Matt Kenseth suffered perhaps the most crushing penalty NASCAR has ever assessed that isn...

NASCAR Hands Big Penalties to Race Winner

Photo Image by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images NASCAR has reminded teams, drivers, and crews repeatedly DO NOT MESS WITH THE ENGINES and on Wednesday afternoon, showed everyone in NASCAR what happens when you do. After winning the STP 400 from Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon, Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 car failed inspection at the NASCAR Research and Developmental Center after the...
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