NASCAR has suspended driver Matt Kenseth for two races after he intentionally wrecked Joey Logano in this past Sunday’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.
The penalty was levied Tuesday. NASCAR also put him on probation for six months.
Matt Kenseth was nine laps down Sunday at Martinsville Speedway when he deliberately drove Logano into the wall. The crash was payback for Logano wrecking Kenseth three races ago in an incident that ultimately led to Kenseth’s elimination from NASCAR’s playoffs.
Logano was dominating at Martinsville and a victory would have earned him a spot in the final four. After the wreck, he is now last in the eight-driver field with two races remaining to earn a bid into the title-deciding finale on Nov. 22.
Executive vice president official Steve O’Donnell says Kenseth’s actions “have no place in NASCAR.”
NASCAR also fined Danica Patrick $50,000 after she wrecked David Gilliland as payback for an earlier incident in the same race.
Joe Gibbs Racing said Tuesday that Kenseth will appeal the penalty issued by NASCAR.
The appeal will challenge the severity of the penalty which is believed to be inconsistent with previous penalties for similar on-track incidents, JGR officials said in a statement released Tuesday. They said there will be no further comments from JGR personnel during the appeal process.