Matt Kenseth's race-winning car from Kansas failed inspection at NASCAR's Research and Development Center, The Associated Press has learned.
As punishment, Kenseth was stripped of 50 driver points in standings, as well as the three bonus points he earned for the win that would have been applied in seeding for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $200,000 and suspended six races. Car owner Joe Gibbs also was suspended six races.
NASCAR has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to engines, tires and fuel on a race car. Anything even slightly improper is dealt with swiftly and severely. NASCAR always throws the book at offenders.
Matt Kenseth qualifying on the pole for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway turned some heads.
Matt Kenseth proved during the final practice for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway that the track-record qualifying lap that landed him on the pole was no fluke.
Jeff Gordon learned his lesson over time. So did Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.
Denny Hamlin has targeted the April 27 race at his home track in Richmond for his potential return from a back injury.
Greg Biffle has a pretty good feeling about how the season is going so far _ and now the Roush Fenway driver gets to go to a track where he's had a lot of success.
Rivalries mean very little in times of crisis, as Denny Hamlin has learned by the outpouring of support he's received since he was injured in a last-lap crash at California.