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Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Are Reduced

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After a meeting that lasted more than six hours, the majority of the penalties against Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 20 of Matt Kenseth were reduced.

Here are some of the penalty reductions:  Kenseth’s loss of 50 championship driver points was reduced from 50 points to 12; all other penalties were dropped, meaning his win in Kansas will count toward his total for the Chase. Joe Gibbs’ loss of 50 championship car owner points was also reduced from 50 to 12.

Crew chief Jason Ratcliff had his suspension reduced from 6 to 1 race but the 200,000 dollar fine will stand. The points penalty originally dropped Kenseth from 8th to 14th in the standings. He had got back to 11th but with the points penalty dropped, he’ll jump back into 4th.

To read more about the appeal and what else what was involved go here.  The NASCAR boys and girl will be in Darlington for their annual Mother’s Day weekend race there. It’ll be under the lights, Saturday night for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Fox 40 with the race beginning around 6:45.

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