Sports news is abuzz with Wednesday’s announcement that the Kansas race-winning car of Matt Kenseth failed a secondary post-race inspection at NASCAR’s Research and Development Centre. NASCAR officials haven’t wasted any time discussing penalties to levy against Kenseth and his team, and have already penalized Kenseth by deducting 50 points from his overall score.
Crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, has been fined $200 000 and suspended for six races. Other penalties were also levied, but these haven’t been made disclosed yet.
Testing on Kenseth’s car wasn’t targeted, as it is standard practice for NASCAR to take the wining car and another random car for inspection at its Research and Development Centre. In addition to this, the engine of the 2nd place car is also taken in for analysis, thus it isn’t only the first place driver and vehicle which is placed under scrutiny. In the instance it was Kahne who came in second.
The engine, which was supplied by Toyota Racing Development Costa Mesa,...