NSCS: Kenseth Docked 15 Points; Ratcliff Fined $25,000 For Loudon Inspection Issues

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Matt Kenseth was docked 15 points by NASCAR on Wednesday following post-race infractions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

Matt Kenseth was docked 15 points by NASCAR on Wednesday following a post-race inspection infraction at New Hampshire Motor Speedway over the weekend.
(Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Matt Kenseth’s race-winning No. 20 team was penalized on Wednesday as a result of failing post-race inspection after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kenseth was hit with a P3-level penalty via sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and (failing post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements) of the NASCAR Rule Book.

The Cambridge, Wis. driver lost 15 championship driver points as a result of the penalty, while the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team was docked 15 championship owner points. In addition, crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000.

The points deduction drops Kenseth from eighth to ninth in the regular season driver standings, and from fourth to fifth on the provisional Chase Grid.

Kenseth’s car did not meet the required post-race measurements on the Laser Inspection Station (LIS) on Sunday, after he led 38 of 301 laps en route to his second win of the season. The car was then sent to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C. for further evaluation this week before the penalty announcement.

In addition to Kenseth’s penalty, a bevy of other teams were issued written warnings in the Loudon penalty report:

The Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet team for driver Austin Dillon and the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevy for driver Kevin Harvick were both handed written warnings and docked 15 minutes of practice time during this weekend’s activities at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The No. 3 team failed LIS three times pre-race and pushed their current warning total to four. The No. 4 entry failed body template inspection three times prior to qualifying.

The Team Penske No. 22 Ford team for driver Joey Logano and the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota of driver Carl Edwards both failed LIS twice.

The No. 22’s violation came in pre-race inspection; the No. 19’s was before qualifying. Both teams received written warnings (their first).

Eleven Sprint Cup teams received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying template inspection twice.

Those teams included Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 and No. 42, Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3, Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6, Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 and No. 14, HScott Motorsports’ No. 15, Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19, Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21, JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 and BK Racing’s No. 83.

Finally, the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 XFINITY team of Ty Dillon was also issued a written warning, as a result of failing template inspection three times before qualifying.

CREDIT: NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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