INDIANAPOLIS – There were two main NASCAR storylines everyone was waiting for on Wednesday. The first was the Dale Earnhardt Jr. status for this weekend’s Brickyard 400 and whether he or Jeff Gordon would drive in it, and the other was the penalty that was going to be levied against Matt Kenseth for his car failing post race inspection following his win at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
Well, we now know the answer to both.
Kenseth and his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team were hit with a P3 penalty as they were found to be in violation of Sections 12.1; 126.96.36.199.2 for failing post-race laser inspection station measurements.
As a result of being penalized, Kenseth has been docked 15 championship driver points while his crew chief Jason Ratcliff has been fined $25,000. His was also hit with a loss of 15 championship owner points.
The penalty is identical to punishments that Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson’s teams received for the same penalty each received earlier this season.
Also, the No. 3 Chevrolet team of Austin Dillon failed laser inspection station measurements three times prior to the race at New Hampshire and as a result, Dillon will lose 15 minutes of practice time for this week’s race in Indy.
Even more, Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Chevrolet team failed template inspection three times before qualifying at Loudon and he will also lose 15 minutes of practice time at Indy.
The teams of Joey Logano and Carl Edwards received written warnings for failing LIS measurements twice at New Hampshire. Logano’s No. 22 machine failed in pre-race, while the 19 team’s infraction occurred in pre-qualifying inspection.
That’s not all either. A bunch of other Sprint Cup teams have received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying template inspection. They include the following: Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne, Danica Patrick Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, A.J. Allmendinger and Matt DiBenedetto.