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NASCAR has reminded teams, drivers, and crews repeatedly DO NOT MESS WITH THE ENGINES and on Wednesday afternoon, showed everyone in NASCAR what happens when you do.
After winning the STP 400 from Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon, Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 car failed inspection at the NASCAR Research and Developmental Center after the race and the governing body dropped the hammer down on Kenseth, Joe Gibbs, and crew chief, Jason Ratcliff.
NASCAR stripped everything but the trophy from the Joe Gibbs Racing team.
Kenseth was stripped of 50 driver points in the standings –he earned only 48 points for the victory– and NASCAR also erased the three bonus points he earned for the win that would have applied in the seeding for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In addition, the victory will not be credited towards his eligibility for the wild card berth in the Chase.
Kenseth drops from eighth in the standings to a tie for 14th with Jeff Gordon.