Matt Kenseth’s suspension appeal set for Thursday morning

Matt Kenseth speaks to media after his wreck at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kenseth finished 42nd and is currently 12th on the Chase Grid. Image courtesy of Heather M. Smith.

Matt Kenseth speaks to media after his wreck at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kenseth finished 42nd and is currently 12th on the Chase Grid. Image courtesy of Heather M. Smith.

Following Tuesday’s announcement from NASCAR that Matt Kenseth will be suspended for two races and put on probation for six months, Joe Gibbs Racing has filed an appeal that will be heard at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning at the NASCAR R&D Center.

Kenseth was suspended by NASCAR for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano at Martinsville on Sunday. The No. 20 driver will appeal that the penalty handed down is, “inconsistent with previous penalties for similar on-track incidents.”

A panel of three NASCAR representatives has already been chosen, but was not announced. NASCAR officials told Nate Ryan of NBC Sports that a final appeal would also be held on Thursday if the initial appeal is denied.

Should Kenseth lose the appeal, JGR has announced that Erik Jones will drive the No. 20 machine at Texas Motor Speedway. Jones has filled in for both Denny Hamlin (midway through the race) and Kyle Busch already this season. He has won two races at the Xfinity Series and Trucks Series levels in 2015. One of those Xfinity wins came at Texas.

 

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