Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing penalties reduced


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The penalties against Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 car of Joe Gibbs Racing from the race weekend at Kansas Speedway have been reduced. Kenseth qualified on the pole and led the most laps on his way to his second win of the 2013 Sprint Cup season.

NASCAR docked Kenseth 50 driver points and suspended crew chief Jason Ratcliff for six races after two of the rods connecting to the cars engine were found to be 2 grams under the mandatory weight. Toyota Racing Development provides JGR with its engines.

Joe Gibbs was also docked 50 owner points.

On Wednesday an appeal from JGR was heard and the penalties were reduced. Kenseth will only be docked 12 driver points instead of the original 50. Ratcliff will only be suspended for one race instead of the original six, but his fine remains the same at $200,000.

Joe Gibbs was only docked 12 owner points instead of the 50 and he will continue to earn owner points for the No.20 car.

Kenseth’s Kansas win will count towards his bid for the Chase.

Penalties were recently upheld for the No. 22 and No.2 Ford’s at Penske Racing who where found to have unapproved rear end housings at Texas Motor Speedway. Crew chiefs Paul Wolffe and Todd Gordon will not be eligible to return till the race weekend at Dover.

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