By AMANDA VINCENT
Matt Kenseth and and Joe Gibbs Racing will get the opportunity to appeal a two-race NASCAR suspension and six month probation to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel at 9 a.m. ET at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C.
NASCAR announced the penalties Tuesday evening that stem from an incident late in the Goody’s Headache Relieve Shot 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Nov. 1. After going nine laps down from repairs caused by an incident with Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski, Kenseth returned to the track and appeared to intentionally wreck Keselowski’s teammate Joey Logano. The move is thought to have been retaliation for an incident two races prior at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., in which Logano made contact with Kenseth after what Logano viewed as excessive blocking by Kenseth. Logano went on to win at Kansas, his second victory in a string of three-straight wins.
Logano advanced to the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup that began with the Martinsville race. Kenseth, though, was eliminated after aftere the second round, the round that included the Kansas race.
If Kenseth loses Thursday, he’ll have one additional chance to appeal. It is assumed that if that avenue is taken, it will be scheduled prior to Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth.
If the suspension penalty stands after both appeals opportunities are exhausted, Kenseth will have to sit out races at Texas and Phoenix International Raceway. He’ll be able to return for the season-finale No. 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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