Final Appeals Officer to hear case after Kenseth loses initial appeal

The two-race suspension of Matt Kenseth has been upheld by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.

The panel consisted of Ken Clapp, Bill Mullis and Dale Pinilis and they decided to uphold the punishment originally issued to Matt Kenseth by NASCAR.

The final appeal will now take place and the case will be heard by National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss. 

If the penalty is upheld by the Final Appeals Officer, then no further appeal can be made. Erik Jones is expected to pilot the No. 20 in Kenseth's absence, should he come out on the losing end of the final appeal.

On Tuesday, NASCAR's Steve O’Donnell, executive vice president and chief racing development officer released a statement explaining the reasoning behind the decision to park the former Sprint Cup champion.

“Based upon our extensive review, we have concluded that the No. 20 car driver, who is no longer in the Chase, intentionally wrecked the No. 22 car driver, a Chase-eligible competitor who was leading the race at the time. The No. 20 car was nine laps down, and eliminated the No. 22 car’s opportunity to continue to compete in the race.

“These actions have no place in NASCAR."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Joey Logano
Article type Breaking news