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Kenseth lashes out at 'grossly unfair' penalty

Unfortunately NASCAR rules are black and white in the area of engine specifications: neither the amount that a component fails by, nor the perceived intention of the problem, is allowed to have any bearing on the penalties issued to the team as a result.

"If it did not meet the weight, it was not legal," Kenseth himself conceded. "If the speed limit is 35 mph on pit road and you're going 35.01, you're speeding. I don't have any argument with that at all."

As a result, even though JGR has said it will appeal the severity of the penalties imposed on it, they look unlikely to succeed in getting the sanctions lifted or lightened. That leaves the small question of whether TRD, as the responsible party, will at least help Ratcliff in paying the $200k fine.

"I'm not going to say 'No' because under the circumstances it's pretty hard to argue that wouldn't be the right thing to do," White agreed when asked. "Under the circumstances, with there being a potential appeal, we should let the appeal process go through before we start having discussions like that."

But assuming that the appeal doesn't succeed, there's nothing that TRD can do about the 50 points that the driver and the car have already lost in the Sprint Cup championship, or the six Cup races that Kenseth will be without his crew chief at a critical stage of the 2013 season.

"I think it's business as usual," Kenseth said when asked how the team would deal with the situation moving forwards. "Hope the appeals process works, and we get some people in there to look at everything that are reasonable and hopefully get the penalties at least reduced.

"I think, other than that, we put it behind us."



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Joe - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 2:03 PM

Good Grief NASCAR.. Use some common sense!!!.. yes the One Con Rod was under the limit.. but shake your head.. It would not have given them the slightest advantage, in fact it could have caused a breakdown, due to engine imbalance.. Yes Laws are Laws, but that is why we have judges, to use some Common Sense..Something that is sadly lacking in this case..



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