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Penalties reduced for Matt Kenseth in NASCAR inspection violation

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Big win for Joe Gibbs Racing and driver Matt Kenseth today.

The National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel has reduced the penalties that NASCAR handed out after a post-race inspection found one of eight connecting rods in Kenseth's engine was three grams too light following his win at Kansas. Joe Gibbs Racing appealed saying Toyota was responsible for the engine part.

Matt Kenseth now only loses 12 championship points as opposed to 50 and moves from 11th to 4th in the Spring Cup Standings.

Also owner Joe Gibbs has his points deduction reduced from 50 down to 12. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff‘s $200,000 fine will remain intact, but his suspension now covers one championship points event. He will also be placed on NASCAR suspension until the completion of the next three championship points events following his reinstatement.

Also Toyota had their penalty increased from a 5 point deduction to a 7 point deduction in Sprint Cup manufacturer points.   

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