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Published reports today say NASCAR is investigating possible discrepancies under the hood of Kenseth’s car, with multiple sources saying there are issues involving possible lightening of the engine’s connecting rods. Ordinarily, NASCAR issues a press release on Tuesday confirming that the previous weekend’s top finishers have passed post-race inspections at both the speedway and the sanctioning body’s Research and Development Center in Concord, NC.
Kenseth and Bobby Labonte had their cars impounded as part of NASCAR’s standard, post-race procedure, with Labonte chosen as the weekly random selection. Kenseth and runner-up Kasey Kahne had their engines impounded for inpection. NASCAR has not commented on the status of any of the cars of engines, but sources with JTG Daugherty Racing and Hendrick Motorsports said today that there are no issues with the Labonte or Kahne entries.
Previous infractions of this type have resulted in heavy fines, point penalties and suspensions. In 2009, independent racer Carl Long was suspended for 12 races and fined $200,000 after his engine tested 0.17 cubic inches over the limit at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His suspension was subsequently reduced to eight races on appeal, but Long has not competed in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race since.
NASCAR typically allows tainted victories to stand, but the sanctioning body has not awarded bonus points for those wins, prior to the start of the Chase For The Sprint Cup.
Joe Gibbs Racing purchases its Sprint Cup Series engines from Toyota Racing Development.