Matt Kenseth was clearly relieved on Friday at Darlington Raceway.
Since the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel on Wednesday reduced the original NASCAR penalties to Kenseth, team owner Joe Gibbs and the No. 20 crew stemming from their winning engine at Kansas Speedway on April 21 failing to meet specifications, Kenseth can approach the next 16 races before the Chase for the Sprint Cup with renewed optimism.
"Obviously, you never want to have a penalty," Kenseth said. "You hope not to have yourself in that position, so I think that's the main point for us to take away is to make sure us JGR and our partners, we got it all worked out to where nothing like that ever happens again so we're never again in that spot.
"I'm happy they got reduced. The penalties were pretty crushing before they got reduced. I really applaud NASCAR for having the appeals process and putting that in place to have people look at it after the dust settles a little bit and be objective, look at all the f...