Matt Kenseth said Friday the penalties remaining following his Joe Gibbs Racing team’s appeal are “way more in line” with what he considered appropriate for the engine violation found after his win at Kansas.
A three-member appeals panel
unanimously agreed to cut Kenseth’s points penalty from 50 to 12 points and
reduce crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension from six races to one. Wally
Brown will serve as Kenseth’s Cup crew chief this weekend.
“You never want to have a penalty
and don’t want yourself to be in that position,” Kenseth said. “I’m happy it got
reduced. I was pretty crushed before it got reduced.”
NASCAR originally issued a $200,000 fine and six-week suspension to Ratcliff; docked Kenseth 50 driver points; and suspended the owner’s license of the No.20 car for six weeks after the car failed routine inspection following his Kansas win last month. Kenseth also was barred from using the win to make the Chase and the pole he won would not count toward eligibility for the 2014 Sprint Unlimited race. Toyota also was docked five manufacturer points.
After the ruling, Kenseth moved from 11th to fourth in the Sprint Cup Series standings, 64 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.