NASCAR'S Matt Kenseth has anger, motivation to win

Matt Kenseth was dinged by NASCAR this week for having an overweight connecting rod in his engine...

Matt Kenseth was dinged by NASCAR this week for having an overweight connecting rod in his engine last week. (Reuters)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:31 PM ET

Another week and another set of penalties have been levied by NASCAR against a Sprint Cup team.

This week it was the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, driven by Matt Kenseth.

In the Gibbs case NASCAR found that one of the connecting rods in the No. 20 engine — built by Toyota Racing Development for JGR — was underweight by a mere 2.7 grams.

For that, the team was nailed with a loss of owner points for six races for the No. 20 car, banishment of the crew chief for six races along with a $200,000 fine, and a 50 driver championship point deduction for Kenseth.

For his part Kenseth was incensed at the severity of the punishment, even though Gibbs and Toyota admitted the part was illegal.

“There’s no argument the part was wrong,” Kenseth said at Richmond International Raceway. “They weighed it and it was wrong. However, there is an argument that there certainly was no performance advantage.


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