Thursday, November 05, 2015

Kenseth Denied On Initial Appeal

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel has ruled on the appeal of a Behavioral Penalty issued on Nov. 3 to driver Matt Kenseth, relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #20 at Martinsville Speedway. 

The penalty concerned sections 12.1 and 12.8. of the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book. 

The original penalty assessed included suspension from NASCAR until the completion of the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events and placed on NASCAR probation for six months following the issuance of the Penalty Notice. 

Upon hearing the testimony, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel ruled that the Appellant (Kenseth) violated the rules set forth in the Penalty notice; affirming and upholding the original Penalty levied by NASCAR. 

The panel consisted of Langley (VA) Speedway owner Bill Mullis, Bowman Gray (NC) Stadium operator Dale Pinilis and former West Coast race promoter and NASCAR executive Ken Clapp.   
Kenseth has chosen to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book. The appeal began at 1 p.m. ET.


  1. Anonymous2:47 PM

    Didn't the NFL go through a similar appeal process with Tom Brady or am I wrong? Maybe Matt and Joe Gibbs should go after NASCAR like Mr. Kraft did.

  2. Anonymous4:28 PM

    I hope Denny Hamlin takes up the baton and finishes Joey off this weekend. NASCAR doesn't equally administer penalties so this result is no surprise.

  3. Dammit!!!
    I have Matt on my fantasy team. :-(

  4. Nice to have a rubber stamp committee and Final Appeals Officer at your beck and call. How could they have possibly investigated and reached an independent conclusion in such a short amount of time?