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April 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Matt Kenseth said Thursday the massive penalties that NASCAR levied against the driver and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were "grossly unfair" and "borderline shameful. " NASCAR on Wednesday stripped Kenseth of 50 championship points and suspended his crew chief Jason Ratcliff for several races, among other penalties, because last weekend Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota had an engine part that was too light. The faulty part -- a rod that connects a piston to the crankshaft and normally weighs just over one pound -- was detected in an inspection after Kenseth won Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.
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November 7, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - If NASCAR's championship battle were a major golf tournament, the two title contenders would be about to play the 17th hole of the final round. Only two races remain to decide NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship, with Jimmie Johnson holding a slim seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth. The next race is Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by the season finale a week later at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Regardless of what happens at Phoenix on the one-mile PIR oval, NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff is so close that the winner probably won't be decided until the next race in Florida.
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May 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
An appeals board sided with Joe Gibbs Racing on Wednesday and substantially reduced penalties levied against the team for having an illegal part in Matt Kenseth's engine when Kenseth won at Kansas Speedway last month. Kenseth initially was stripped of 50 Sprint Cup Series championship points, but the three-member National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel reduced the penalty to 12 points. That lifted Kenseth back up to fourth from 11th in the Sprint Cup title standings. In addition, Kenseth crew chief Jason Ratcliff saw his suspension pared to one race from six, although a $200,000 fine against Ratcliff was left intact.
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May 11, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Matt Kenseth passed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with 13 laps to go to win his first Southern 500 on Saturday night at Darlington, S.C. Busch had the strongest car for much of the race and led for 265 of the 367 laps at Darlington Raceway. But his machine appeared to fall away at the worst possible time and he faded to sixth. Denny Hamlin completed his first full race since suffering a compression fracture in a vertebra in his lower back on March 24. He finished second.
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November 7, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - If NASCAR's championship battle were a major golf tournament, the two title contenders would be about to play the 17th hole of the final round. Only two races remain to decide NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship, with Jimmie Johnson holding a slim seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth. The next race is Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by the season finale a week later at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Regardless of what happens at Phoenix on the one-mile PIR oval, NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff is so close that the winner probably won't be decided until the next race in Florida.
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February 24, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR fans might need a program this year to get accustomed to a flurry of off-season driver changes by teams. It's common for some Sprint Cup Series drivers to switch rides in the winter, but the amount of shuffling ahead of the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday was unusually high. Several crew chiefs also moved. A look at the how the major Cup teams shape up for 2012: Hendrick Motorsports: Kasey Kahne becomes the fourth driver in Hendrick's stable, as planned, after the departure of veteran Mark Martin.
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February 20, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Before a recent supercross race at Angel Stadium, driver Joey Logano hopped into his No. 20 stock car and briefly spun around the dirt track to promote the upcoming NASCAR season. The spin was not unlike the "burnouts" that NASCAR drivers perform after a win. But it has been a long time since Logano had reason to celebrate on his way to Victory Lane. Perhaps no NASCAR driver arrived in the sport's big leagues with higher expectations than Logano did in 2009. As a mere 18-year-old, he joined the sport's premier Sprint Cup Series full time with one of its best teams, Joe Gibbs Racing, in one of its best cars, the Home Depot Toyota formerly driven by champion Tony Stewart.
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May 11, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Matt Kenseth passed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with 13 laps to go to win his first Southern 500 on Saturday night at Darlington, S.C. Busch had the strongest car for much of the race and led for 265 of the 367 laps at Darlington Raceway. But his machine appeared to fall away at the worst possible time and he faded to sixth. Denny Hamlin completed his first full race since suffering a compression fracture in a vertebra in his lower back on March 24. He finished second.
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March 26, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Kyle Busch put it as succinctly as anyone: "We stole this one. " While Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick kept swapping the lead during most of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday in Fontana, it was Busch who grabbed the checkered flag after his crew chief made a huge gamble near the end. When the field needed to make pit stops with less than 20 laps left in the 150-lap Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway, Busch's crew chief, Jason Ratcliff,...
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April 24, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were hit with major penalties from NASCAR on Wednesday following Kenseth's victory Sunday at Kansas Speedway. NASCAR said that in its post-race inspection of Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota, it found the car had an unapproved engine part -- a connecting rod that was too light. Although Kenseth was able to keep his victory, the driver was stripped of 50 Sprint Cup Series championship points, dropping the former Cup champion from eighth in the standings to a tie for 14th with Jeff Gordon.
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May 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
An appeals board sided with Joe Gibbs Racing on Wednesday and substantially reduced penalties levied against the team for having an illegal part in Matt Kenseth's engine when Kenseth won at Kansas Speedway last month. Kenseth initially was stripped of 50 Sprint Cup Series championship points, but the three-member National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel reduced the penalty to 12 points. That lifted Kenseth back up to fourth from 11th in the Sprint Cup title standings. In addition, Kenseth crew chief Jason Ratcliff saw his suspension pared to one race from six, although a $200,000 fine against Ratcliff was left intact.
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April 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Matt Kenseth said Thursday the massive penalties that NASCAR levied against the driver and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were "grossly unfair" and "borderline shameful. " NASCAR on Wednesday stripped Kenseth of 50 championship points and suspended his crew chief Jason Ratcliff for several races, among other penalties, because last weekend Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota had an engine part that was too light. The faulty part -- a rod that connects a piston to the crankshaft and normally weighs just over one pound -- was detected in an inspection after Kenseth won Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.
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February 24, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR fans might need a program this year to get accustomed to a flurry of off-season driver changes by teams. It's common for some Sprint Cup Series drivers to switch rides in the winter, but the amount of shuffling ahead of the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday was unusually high. Several crew chiefs also moved. A look at the how the major Cup teams shape up for 2012: Hendrick Motorsports: Kasey Kahne becomes the fourth driver in Hendrick's stable, as planned, after the departure of veteran Mark Martin.
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February 20, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Before a recent supercross race at Angel Stadium, driver Joey Logano hopped into his No. 20 stock car and briefly spun around the dirt track to promote the upcoming NASCAR season. The spin was not unlike the "burnouts" that NASCAR drivers perform after a win. But it has been a long time since Logano had reason to celebrate on his way to Victory Lane. Perhaps no NASCAR driver arrived in the sport's big leagues with higher expectations than Logano did in 2009. As a mere 18-year-old, he joined the sport's premier Sprint Cup Series full time with one of its best teams, Joe Gibbs Racing, in one of its best cars, the Home Depot Toyota formerly driven by champion Tony Stewart.
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March 26, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Kyle Busch put it as succinctly as anyone: "We stole this one. " While Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick kept swapping the lead during most of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday in Fontana, it was Busch who grabbed the checkered flag after his crew chief made a huge gamble near the end. When the field needed to make pit stops with less than 20 laps left in the 150-lap Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway, Busch's crew chief, Jason Ratcliff,...
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April 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Matt Kenseth is back to letting his car doing the talking, thank you. Kenseth on Friday won the pole position for the next Sprint Cup Series race one day after he blasted NASCAR for the penalties levied against the driver and his team following their win last weekend. Kenseth turned a lap of 130.334 mph in his No. 20 Toyota to win the pole for Saturday night's race at the 0.75-mile Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. "One of our goals this weekend was to come here and sit on the pole and kind of quiet down at least part of the noise" over the penalties, Kenseth told reporters in Richmond.
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March 21, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR's Matt Kenseth knows Auto Club Speedway well, having won three Sprint Cup races at the Fontana track. But he earned the victories driving for Roush Fenway Racing and is still looking for his first win on the two-mile oval since moving to the Joe Gibbs Racing team last year. Kenseth took the step toward a fourth win Friday by winning the pole position for Sunday's Auto Club 400 as NASCAR's new knockout-style qualifying format was used at the Fontana speedway for the first time.
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