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Matt Kenseth’s Race Car Fails Inspection

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Matt Kenseth wins his 2nd race of the year but it’s going to cost him.

NASCAR is penalizing Matt Kenseth after the engine from his winning car failed a secondary postrace inspection. Kenseth’s car passed an initial postrace inspection, but the engine was brought back to the Research and Development Center for further evaluation, like it does with all winning cars.  This time Matt’s car failed.

The engine failed inspection because one of the connecting rods didn’t meet the minimum weight requirement. The engines for Joe Gibbs Racing are designed by Toyota Racing Development.

Matt has been docked 50 points and his crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, has been fined 200,000 dollars.  Ratcliff has been suspended for 6 point races and the All-Star race. Jason is also on probation until December 31st. To see all the violations and penalties go here.

Two weeks ago, NASCAR confiscated parts in the rear housing from Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano’s car before the Texas race. They were docked 25 points each. Their crew chief, car chief and lead engineer were suspended for six point races and the May 18 All-Star race pending an appeal that will be heard on May 1.

The NASCAR boys and girl will be in Richmond on Saturday night.  You can watch the race on FOX 40 beginning at 7:30.

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