Matt Kenseth’s team penalized after Loudon win
Matt Kenseth celebrates in victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after winning the New Hampshire 301 on July 17, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR handed penalties to the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Matt Kenseth in the Sprint Cup Series and its crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, according to the weekly penalty/warning announcement from NASCAR that was released on Wednesday. The penalties are a result of the No. 20 failing post-race laser inspection at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon after winning the New Hampshire 301.
Ratcliff was fined $25,000, Kenseth was docked 15 championship driver points, and the team was penalized 15 owner points. The points deduction dropped Kenseth from eighth to ninth in the points standings, but with two wins, he’s assured a berth in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship postseason.
The No. 20 car was taken to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord after the NHMS race, but NASCAR did not reveal what part(s) of the car was/were not in compliance with the NASCAR rule book.
In its weekly announcement, NASCAR also listed teams that received written warnings during the New Hampshire race weekend.
The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team of Austin Dillon and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team of Kevin Harvick not only received written warnings but also will lose 15 minutes of practice time in preparation for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The No. 3 failed pre-race laser inspection at New Hampshire three times and, as a result, received its fourth written warning. Meanwhile, the No. 4 failed pre-qualifying template inspection three times.
Dillon’s team also received a warning for failing pre-qualifying template inspection twice.
The No. 22 Team Penske Ford team of Joey Logano twice failed pre-race laser inspection. Meanwhile, the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Carl Edwards twice failed pre-qualifying laser inspection. Edwards’ team also received a warning for twice failing pre-qualifying template inspection.
Several other teams failed pre-qualifying template inspection two times, including the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team of Jamie McMurray, the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team of Kyle Larson, the No. 6 roush Fenway Racing Ford team of Trevor Bayne, the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team of Danica Patrick, the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team of Tony Stewart, the No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet team of Clint Bowyer, the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford team of Ryan Blaney, the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet team of A.J. Allmendinger and the No. 83 BK Racing Toyota team of Matt DiBenedetto.
In the Xfinity Series, the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team of Ty Dillon received a written warning for failing pre-qualifying template inspection three times at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.