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Kenseth Penalized, Others Warned After Infractions


NASCAR has announced penalties issued to several teams after various violations were found during the weekend at New Hampshire, including Sprint Cup race winner Matt Kenseth.

After failing to meet compliance standards at the post race Laser Inspection Station (LIS), Kenseth’s team was docked 15 championship points in both the driver and owner standings. The penalty resulted in Kenseth falling from eighth to ninth in the official driver standings. The penalty also consists of a fine for crew chief Jason Ratliff in the amount of $25,000.

The Joe Gibbs Racing team’s number 20 Toyota was found to be non-compliant after winning Sunday’s New Hampshire 301. The car was sent back to the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, NC for further evaluation earlier this week. After such analysis, it was determined that the car was in violation beyond the allowable tolerances.

Other teams were issued written warnings, including the Richard Childress Racing number 3 of Austin Dillon and the number 4 Stewart Haas Racing car of Kevin Harvick. In addition to the written warnings, both were docked 15 minutes of practice time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this coming weekend. Dillon’s car failed LIS 3 times pre-race and Harvick’s car failed to pass body template inspection 3 times pre-qualifying. This was the fourth such warning for the 3 team.

The number 22 Penske Racing Ford of Joey Logano and the 19 Toyota of Carl Edwards both failed LIS twice, Logano pre-race and Edwards pre-qualifying. Both teams also received written warnings. Since it was the first such warning for either, they will not forfeit any practice time at Indianapolis.

In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the Richard Childress Racing entry of number 3 Ty Dillon was also issued a written warning for failing template inspection three times prior to going out for qualifying for Saturday’s event. This was also the first written warning for Dillon’s team.