The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with which driver Matt Kenseth dominated and won the STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday was discovered to have an engine that didn’t meeet NASCAR specifications. The engine in the car failed post-race inspection.
NASCAR cited the following rules from its 2013 rule book in its penalty announcement on Wednesday:
“Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules), and 20-5.5.3 (E) (Only magnetic steel connecting rods with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted; connecting rod failed to meet the minimum connecting rod weight).”
As a result, crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $200,000 and suspended for six points-paying races and the Sprint All-Star Race. His is also on probation until Dec. 31.
Car owner Joe Gibbs was docked 50 owner points, while Kenseth lost 50 driver points and Ford lost five manufacturer points. Also, Gibbs’ owner’s license was suspended for the next six races, meaning he won’t receive owner points for those events.
The win at Kansas will not count in regards to bonus points awarded to the top-10 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers after the Fall race at Richmond (Va.) International Speedway and will not count toward getting a wild card spot in the Chase.
Kenseth also won the pole for the race at Kansas. That pole will not count in regards to qualifying for next year’s Sprint Unlimited exhibition race for previous season pole winners at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February.
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