Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing went from the highest of highs on Sunday to the lowest of lows. Sure, Kenseth won his second race and eighth for JGR, but he failed post-race inspection and could be docked points and penalized further by NASCAR.
According to NASCAR, the car did not meet compliance in the laser inspection station (LIS) after Sunday’s New Hampshire 301. It’s a crushing feeling for the winning team, which will have to return to the R&D center on Tuesday for further inspection that could mean further penalties.
Outside of Kenseth, Tony Stewart’s second-place car was also inspected and passed, but his No. 14 car will still join the No. 20 at the R&D Center this week. The cars of Joey Logano,Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman also cleared at-track inspection. It is standard for six cars to be inspected — the first through fifth-place rides along with a random choice by NASCAR.
Only two other cars have failed post-race inspection this year with Kyle Larson at Michigan and Kasey Kahne at Pocono. In both instances, the driver and team were docked 15 points and the crew chief was fined $25,000.
What makes this instance so different? It’s believed to be the first time a winning car has failed post-race inspection at the track since the LIS system started back in 2013. Whether or not that changes the penalties for Kenseth and crew is yet to be seen.