Monday, April 29, 2013

JGR's Appeal to be Heard May 8th

The National Stock Car Racing panel will hear on May 8 the Joe Gibbs Racing appeal of penalties on Matt Kenseth's Sprint Cup team.

Crew chief Jason Ratcliff, who was suspended for six weeks after Kenseth's winning car failed secondary post-race inspection following the April 21 Kansas race, will remain with the team at least through this weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kenseth was penalized 50 points in the standings and Ratcliff was suspended for six races and fined $200,000 because a connecting rod in the engine of his Toyota weighed 2.7 grams under the minimum requirement.

The 2003 Sprint Cup champion, Kenseth also lost the three bonus points he earned for the win that would have been applied in seeding for the Chase for the Championship. His pole, which would have made him eligible for the 2014 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway, also was rescinded.

Also, Joe Gibbs had his owner's license suspended for six races pending the appeal, meaning he won't earn car owner points during that time. (ESPN)