NASCAR comes down hard on No 20 Joe Gibbs team after engine fails inspection

KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 21: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, races Landon Cassill, driver of the #33 KCI Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 21:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, races Landon Cassill, driver of the #33 KCI Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, KS – APRIL 21: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, races Landon Cassill, driver of the #33 KCI Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

NASCAR brought a heavy and swift hammer down on the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Wednesday after the car’s engine failed post-race inspection at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center.

The engine is out of the winning car from last week’s race at Kansas won by driver Matt Kenseth. The engine from the winning car along with others chosen at random is routinely taken back to the R&D Center. NASCAR found the engine from the No. 20 Toyota had a connecting rod failed to meet the minimum connecting rod weight.

While Kenseth and the team will keep the win, there will be no bonus points awarded when the Chase for the Sprint Cup is seeded in September. This is the first such penalty since the Chase was enacted in 2004. The team has also had its owner’s license suspended for six races meaning there will be no owner points awarded for those races. MORE>>>

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