Kansas Winner Matt Kenseth, Crew Chief Penalized After Postrace Inspections

April 24, 2013
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Matt Kenseth, who won the NASCAR Sprint Cup STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, was penalized 50 points, and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was suspended for six races, including the Sprint All-Star race, and was fined $200,000 after Kenseth’s #20 car failed a secondary post-race inspection.

A spokesman for car owner Joe Gibbs Racing, which was penalized 50 championship car owner points, said the penalties will be appealed.

Essentially, Kenseth was stripped of the win at Kansas, his second Sprint Cup victory of the season.  The discrepancy apparently resulted from the discovery that one of eight connecting rods on the Kenseth engine was “too light.”

It was the second time in three weeks that sprint Cup races had been docked points.  Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were both penalized 25 points following the series’ Texas race.  Their crew chief, car chief and lead engineer were all suspended for six races.  An appeal in that case will be heard on May 1.

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