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What Matt Kenseth Penalty Reveals About JGR and Bending the Rules in NASCAR

If anyone had doubt that NASCAR isn't serious about keeping the Sprint Cup Series on as level of a playing field as possible, Wednesday's huge penalties against Matt Kenseth, crew chief Jason Ratcliff and team owner Joe Gibbs are more than abundant proof that NASCAR isn't messing around.

As a matter of procedure, NASCAR typically confiscates the winning car after each race, takes it back to its Concord, N.C. research and development center, and then tears it apart to make sure everything is up to snuff and that there was no cheating or subterfuge.

More often than not, everything is fine.

But that wasn't the case after Kenseth's car that won Sunday at Kansas was inspected. NASCAR found that a connecting rod within the en...

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