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 qualified him for the 2014 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway was also disallowed.
In addition to the penalties to Kenseth, crew chief Jason Ratcliff was suspended for six races and fined $200,000. Team owner Joe Gibbs was fined 50 owner points and also had the license of the No. 20 car pulled for six races.
Kenseth was upset at the severity of the penalties for Gibbs and Ratcliff.
“I can’t get my arms around that,” Kenseth said Thursday during a news conference at Richmond International Raceway. “I couldn’t feel any worse. There’s no more reputable, honorable, hardworking guy than them two...