Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/28/14

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Dewalt Ford, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
Yes, race fans, there is a NASCAR rulebook. And while the penalties for breaking any of the guidelines are somewhat subjective, the rules are designed with one purpose in mind: maintaining a level playing field. Over the last two weeks, NASCAR has dropped the hammer on Penske Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing with penalties that, by most standards, appear over the top -- or as driver Matt Kenseth characterized them, "grossly unfair." Traditionally, when it comes to altering engines (as was the case with the No. 20 JGR Toyota), fuel or tires, NASCAR does not mess around. Kenseth's winning engine contained a connecting rod that didn't meet weight requirements. The penalties for the No. 20 JGR team include the loss of 50 driver points for Kenseth, 50 owner points for Joe Gibbs along with a six-week suspension for both he and crew chief Jason Ratcliff. Ratcliff was also fined $200,000. The curious nature of JGR's penalty, however, stems from the engine itself, constructed by the manufact...
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