SPRINT CUP: Kenseth Parked For Two Races; Danica Patrick Also Penalized

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Official NASCAR Release –  Getty Images/NASCAR Photo – 

Matt Kenseth , the driver of the No. 20 car, has been penalized for an infraction that occurred during the Nov. 1 race at Martinsville Speedway. This is a Behavioral Penalty (Sections 12.1, 12.8).Kenseth has been suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events and placed on NASCAR probation for a six-month period following issuance of the penalty notice.

“Based upon our extensive review, we have concluded that the No. 20 car driver, who is no longer in the Chase, intentionally wrecked the No. 22 car driver, a Chase-eligible competitor who was leading the race at the time,”said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The No. 20 car was nine laps down, and eliminated the No. 22 car’s opportunity to continue to compete in the race.  Additionally, we factored aspects of safety into our decision, and also the fact that the new Chase elimination format puts a premium on each and every race. These actions have no place in NASCAR.”

Danica Patrick, the driver of the No. 10 car, has been penalized for an infraction that also took place during the Nov. 1 race at Martinsville Speedway. This is a Behavioral Penalty (Sections 12.1, 12.8). Patrick has been fined $50,000, assessed with the loss of 25 series championship driver points and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.

CREDIT: NASCAR Media Release

Comments 2

  1. Was Nascar smart parking Matt…. Sure..
    The same should have been done to Danica,she did the same thing and was way more obvious about it…..
    Blame Nascar for being inconsistent with the rules and everyone should know what they are….

  2. WOW!!!!! Im not a KM fan but NASCAR railroaded the guy for defending himself from being runover multiple times by both Penske team mates… It makes no sense to me and i think NASCAR is going to lose alot of fan base over this…. Definately sending the wrong message considering the BOYS HAVE AT IT format they have been putting forth…. Maybe its KMs loss but i think NASCAR is going to lose way more in the long run…;o(

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