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 like that happen.
So when I got word of the infraction -- Matt Kenseth's winning engine from Kansas Speedway on Sunday contained a rod that was just over two grams too light -- I thought, "You've got to be kidding me."
He gets that kind of punishment - Kenseth and team owner Joe Gibbs were penalized 50 driver and owner points while crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $200,000 and suspended six points races, among other penalties - and the win essentially doesn't count?
I started adding all that up and I said, "Whoa, this punishment doesn't seem to fit that crime."
Let me tell you why.
I'm not going to belab...