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Kenseth’s Winning Car Fails Post Race Inspection


Matt Kenseth may have won the New Hampshire 301 on Sunday afternoon, his second victory of 2016. But, after his winning car went through inspection, all was not exactly as his Joe Gibbs Racing team would like it to be.

Kenseth’s number 20 Dollar General Toyota did not meet the compliance standards at the post race laser inspection station. The car will be further inspected this week at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, NC.

“A failure at the track doesn’t necessarily mean a failure once we get it back to the NASCAR R&D Center”, said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. O’Donnell was a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” program Monday morning.

He added “What we’re going to do, and the reason we bring it back to the R&D Center, is to look at what, if any, damage occurred to that car. What, if any, parts are broken? We’ve got the best engineers in the world, so were they manufactured to possibly break? We’ve got to go through all those things. If, after that, we determine if it’s still a violation, we would issue a penalty.”

Runner up finisher Tony Stewart’s car was also taken to the NASCAR R&D Center for further evaluation. The number 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet passed the post-race laser station. The other top five cars of Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Greg Biffle also were cleared in the at-track inspection, along with the random selection, seventh place finisher Ryan Newman.

Any penalties issued will be announced by NASCAR later in the week.