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, along with a $200,000 fine for Ratcliff and the inability to collect owner points during the hiatus.
While Kenseth accepts that his team broke the rules by having one of its connecting rods measure less than NASCAR's mandated weight, the 2003 Sprint Cup champ considers the penalties "grossly unfair."
"It's borderline shameful," Kenseth said. "There's no argument the part was wrong. They weighed it and it was wrong. However, there is an argument that there certainly was no performance advantage. If you can find any unbiased, reputable, knowledgeable engine-builder and if they saw the facts, what all the ro...