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Who’s Right in Penalty and Illegal Parts Dispute: Matt Kenseth or NASCAR?

Call it a photo finish, an unbreakable tie—or perhaps the rarest of situations where both sides are right.

That's how I see the dispute between NASCAR and team owner Joe Gibbs, driver Matt Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff in light of the engine in Kenseth's Kansas-winning car being found to have an illegal part.

We know the results of NASCAR's penalty hammer coming down with one of the harshest sets of punishments in the sport's history: Kenseth penalized with the loss of 50 championship points (essentially wiping out all the points he earned in Sunday's victory), Ratcliff fined $200,000 and suspended for six races (and on probation until Dec. 31), and Joe Gibbs being assessed one of the rarest punishments of all, a...

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