(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Matt Kenseth does not agree with the penalties layed down by NASCAR on Wednesday.
Kenseth called the penalties “grossly unfair'” and “borderline shameful” on Thursday.
“I just think that the penalty is way over the top for that,” he said. “It wasn’t anything trying to gain an advantage. It wasn’t an advantage — it was a mistake. That should have been taken into account.”
Kenseth was docked 50 points in the standings and his crew chief, Jason Ratcliff was suspended for six races including the May 18 All-Star race and was fined $200,000 after a connecting rod in the engine of his Toyota weighed 2.7 grams under the minimum requirement following Sunday’s win at Kansas Speedway.
Kenseth now sits 14th in the Sprint Cup standings headed into the weekend.
“It was a very bad mistake,” Kenseth said. “A very dumb mistake. Unfortunately, we’re in this spot, but we are. We’ll see what happens moving forward.”
The Joe Gibbs Racing team plans on appealing the suspensions and fines.
“We’ll just go through that and see what happens,” an upset Kenseth said. “Whatever the final verdict is we’ll have to live with that and move on.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire